HC Deb 26 February 1958 vol 583 cc366-7
43. Mr. Hannan

asked the Secretary of State for War why Maryhill Barracks has been excluded from the list of depôts made redundant as a result of Army reorganisation; what are his plans for the future of this depôt, in view of the amalgamation of the Highland Light Infantry and the Royal Scots Fusiliers; whether it is to be retained by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Soames

The list published on 20th February consisted of stores depôts only. Maryhill Barracks is an infantry depôt. We intend to give up these barracks but I am afraid I cannot say at present how much longer we shall need them.

Mr. Hannan

Will the Minister reconsider plans, which have already been considered, about the giving up of these barracks, which are now obsolescent and quite out of date? Will he reconsider the proposals to build modern quarters for the Army at Cardross and relieve this site which is urgently needed for civil housing in the City of Glasgow, where all other sites are already exhausted?

Mr. Soames

As I have said, we shall eventually give up these old barracks at Maryhill and move out, but I cannot yet give the date.