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British Army

Volume 155: debated on Thursday 22 June 1922

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Irish Regiments (Disbandment)


asked the Secretary of State for War whether, seeing that six battalions can easily be recruited territorially in Ulster, he will consider the retention of the second battalions of both the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and the Royal Irish Fusiliers, and the disbandment of two other battalions, English or Scottish, for which it is well known recruiting territorially is a failure?

The statistics of the number of recruits raised in Ulster for the regiments belonging to that province show that the number is only sufficient to meet wastage in four battalions. In these circumstances, the last part of the question does not arise.

Catterick Camp

99 and 100.

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War, (1) whether he is aware that the land occupied by the Catterick high camp was part of the best agricultural land in Yorkshire, and is now being utterly wasted; whether he can state the intentions of the War Office regarding this tract covering many square miles;

(2) whether he has made any further inquiries into the condition of Catterick aerodrome; whether he is aware that many huts are going to ruin, that brick and cement hangars remain in. an un- finished state and are rotting, and that iron framework designed for windows is being used to fill up gaps in hedges; whether, in view of the fact that these huts and buildings are occupying some of the best pre-War farm land, he will have inquiries made as to the possibility of restoring the land to agriculture; and whether the proposal announced on 11th April, that the buildings were to be handed over to the Disposal and Liquidation Commission at an early date, has been carried out?