§ MR. A. ROCHE (Cork)
To ask the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the fact that from £60,000 to £80,000 was spent between the years 1900 and 1906 in fitting up the Ballincollig Barracks for cavalry, that in the district adjoining stables and officers' houses were built, and also houses for lodging soldiers' families, and that inconvenience is caused to the owners of those houses as well as to the farmers and trading community in the surrounding district by the removal of the men; and whether, seeing that when the cavalry were removed from Edinburgh the inhabitants remonstrated, with the result that not alone was the former complement replaced, but the numbers were increased, he will take steps to restore, if possible, a cavalry regiment to Ballincollig.
§ (Answered by Mr. Secretary Haldane.) Under the new scheme of Army organisation, Ballincollig will be garrisoned by a brigade of Royal Field Artillery who move there in May. The strength of the troops there, including the depot 6th Dragoons, will then approximate to 650 of all ranks. The cavalry regiment in Scotland to which the hon. Member alludes is leaving the Scottish command in July.