HC Deb 13 March 1923 vol 161 cc1260-1
31 and 32. Mr. BRIANT

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War (1) if his attention has been called to the boating accident at Dundrum, County Down, on 4th February, when eight soldiers were drowned; if he has information as to the number of the deceased men who could swim:

(2) if he will make inquiries as to how far the King's Regulations, paragraphs 713–715, regarding the teaching of swimming, are carried out; if he is aware that at many stations where swimming facilities exist the Regulations are practically ignored; and if, in the interests of the health and efficiency of the men, he will see that orders are given for commanding officers to carry out the Regulations?

Lieut.-Colonel GUINNESS

My attention has been called to the distressing accident at Dundrum, and I understand that of the eight soldiers drowned two could not swim. The general Regulation is that swimming will be taught at all stations where facilities exist, and I am not aware that this rule is disregarded. If, however, the hon. Member will give me more specific particulars, I will inquire further. The facilities and opportunities at different stations naturally vary.


Will the hon. and gallant Gentleman make special inquiries as regards Aldershot, where there are ample swimming ponds, and find out how far the Regulations are carried out there?