HC Deb 30 November 1939 vol 355 c277W
Dr. Little

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that the town of Newry, County Down, which is one of the largest towns in Northern Ireland, close to the border, and once a prominent military centre, is dissatisfied with the action of the military authorities in failing to assign to it any soldiers; and whether he will consider the urgency of having at the earliest possible moment soldiers settled in Newry which possesses every facility for their accommodation and training?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

Newry was reconnoitred, but was found to be less suitable, from a military point of view, for the location of troops than other places. I regret that there is no likelihood of troops being stationed at Newry in the near future. No troops were stationed there before the war, and no barracks exist.