§ Colonel ASHLEY
asked the Secretary of State for War why it is still necessary to maintain a large military camp on Wimbledon Common, covering some 97 acres; what number of troops are stationed there; what rent is being paid by his Department for the use of the land; and whether he is aware that the continuance of this camp inflicts a hardship on the public, who are deprived of the use of the land, and also on the owners of houses overlooking the common, who are taxed for its upkeep?
§ Mr. CHURCHILL
The temporary retention of this camp is necessary for the accommodation of battalions of Foot Guards. The approximate number of troops stationed at the camp is 80 officers and 2,000 other ranks. No rent is being paid for the land. Arrangements are being made whereby it is hoped to surrender part of the camp shortly. It is also proposed to move two of the battalions to Aldershot in October, when a further portion of the camp will be vacated.