HC Deb 02 August 1912 vol 41 cc2504-5W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether it is proposed, when the 12th Infantry Brigade go into camp at Aldershot for five weeks on the 10th instant, to so restrict the scale of camp equipment that officers below field rank will be expected to double up two in each bell tent; and whether in view of the increasing need of rendering the Army attractive as a profession both to potential and existing officer, and of the readiness of British officers cheerfully to face discomfort and privation when on active service, such needless discomfort can be avoided at a home camp in time of peace?

Colonel SEELY

No special restriction of camp equipment is being made in the case of the 12th Infantry Brigade; one circular tent for every two officers below field rank is the usual scale for standing camps. It cannot be admitted that this scale of accommodation causes needless discomfort.