HC Deb 22 May 1928 vol 217 cc1714-5W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that the garrison gymnasium at Tidworth is being used for dances, this custom imposing extra work on the gymnasium staff and involving expense to the taxpayers; and if he will consider that the garrison theatre, which was specially built for dances and other recreations for the troops, should be used when required for dances and entertainments and the other building retained for use only as a gymnasium?


The garrison gymnasium at Tidworth may be used by the troops twice a month for dances. No extra work falls on the gymnasium staff in this connection, since the preparations for the dance and the clearing up afterwards are carried out by the unit concerned. No expense falls on the public on these occasions, since the unit pays for lighting, heating, etc. As regards the second part of the question, the garrison theatre, Tidworth, is rented by the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes from the War Department as a cinema theatre, but the troops have the right to use the theatre at stated times for dances, concerts, lectures, etc.