THE EARL OF GALLOWAY moved—
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty for a Return showing for what number of troops the barracks at each 'Brigade Depôt Centre' throughout the United Kingdom are at present constructed or in course of construction.
The noble Earl said, he understood in 1871 or 1872, that when the brigade depôt centres was adopted the barracks in connection with them were to hold something like 600 men.
§ VISCOUNT BURY
said, his noble Friend was mistaken in supposing that the brigade depôt centre barracks were ever intended to accommodate 600 men. The original intention was that the barracks at each centre should hold 100 men, and that in case more accommodation was required, owing to the brigade being extended to war strength, or other emergency, huts or tents should be provided. As constructed, however, the barracks could, on the average, accommodate 237 men and 15 officers, and 25 married men's quarters. This, he begged their Lordships to note, was not the measure of the barrack accommodation of the country generally; he referred only to the barracks built for the purposes of the brigade depôt centres.
§ Motion (by leave of the House) withdrawn.