HC Deb 25 November 1914 vol 68 cc1116-7
65. Mr. HINDS

asked how many recruits it is proposed to accommodate in huts; what contracts for huts have been placed; how many recruits are being billeted, and at what rates; and whether, having regard to the losses sustained by seaside and inland resorts last summer, arrangements can be made for further billeting in the immediate future, particularly as the health and physical efficiency of the recruits would thereby be better served and the cost of erecting the huts would be saved?


I hope my hon. Friend will excuse me from attempting to obtain the information asked for in the first part of the question. The preparation of a return such as that suggested would cause heavy labour. As regards the accommodation of the troops in billets in preference to huts, important questions of defence, military training and efficiency are involved to which those mentioned by my hon. Friend must, I think, give place.


Will the right hon. Gentleman see that the huts are completed as soon as possible as the cold weather is coming on?


Yes, as soon as possible.