HC Deb 19 December 1912 vol 45 cc1713-4W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been called to the insanitary conditions of many barracks, and especially of the officers' quarters attached to them; if he intends to take any steps to remedy this state of affairs; and whether he will see that all officers' quarters are fitted with the same modern requirements as are provided for non-commissioned officers and men in the same barracks?

Colonel SEELY

The sanitary condition of barracks generally is considered to be satisfactory. The annual reports of sanitary officers receive the greatest attention, and medical statistics show increasingly favourable results. It is, however, admitted that the conditions of officers' quarters in many barracks, though not insanitary, fall short of modern requirements in respect of comfort and convenience, and steps have been taken for the last few years and are being taken to improve these, as funds admit.