HC Deb 19 February 1957 vol 565 cc186-7
12. Mr. Hannan

asked the Secretary of State for War what progress has been made in converting and modernising existing accommodation suitable for married quarters at Maryhill Barracks; his plans for the future of this depot; whether it is to be retained by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. J. Amery

The modernisation of 38 married quarters is almost completed and a start will shortly be made on 29 more. I cannot, at this stage, say anything about the future of Maryhill Barracks, as this depends on the general view of the Army's future needs, which is now taking place.

Mr. Hannan

But can the hon. Gentleman not confirm that this depot was to be removed to Cardross? If that is so, can he not go a little further than he has done in his reply, and give a little more information?

Mr. Amery

It is perfectly true that there was a proposal originally to build a new barracks for the depot of the Highland Light Infantry at Cardross and to move the other occupants of Maryhill Barracks elsewhere; but all work on the Cardross scheme has been suspended, and I do not believe it will be revived, although that is awaiting decision.

Mr. Steele

Would not the Minister confer with the Secretary of State for Scotland, who yesterday in this House made an appeal for industry to get outside Glasgow altogether? Why has this building at Cardross not been proceeded with, because it would be an opportunity for the Government to give a lead to industry by removing Maryhill Barracks from Glasgow altogether?

Mr. Amery

I will certainly consult my right hon. Friend.