Foreign Stations (Barracks).

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 21st March 1935.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson , Hitchin

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asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether his attention has been drawn to the infestation of barracks in Egypt, Gibraltar, China, and Malta by bugs, and the statement made in the Report on the Health of the Army for 1932 that they are a source of great irritation, particularly to young soldiers; and what, if any, steps are in contemplation to provide better accommodation, particularly in Egypt where no improvement can be expected so long as existing buildings are in use?

Photo of Sir Douglas Hacking Sir Douglas Hacking , Chorley

Perhaps my hon. and gallant Friend will refer to the report on the health of the Army for 1933, which shows the varying success which has attended experiments to rid infested barracks and quarters of this pest. The problem, however, is a very difficult one and the only satisfactory solution lies in the replacement of hutted structures and the modernization of old-fashioned permanent buildings, which is being done as funds become available. At the present time extensive schemes are in contemplation in China and Egypt.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson , Hitchin

Is there any prospect of similar schemes in Malta?

Photo of Sir Douglas Hacking Sir Douglas Hacking , Chorley

No, Sir. I do not think so—not in this financial year.

Photo of Mr George Griffiths Mr George Griffiths , Hemsworth

On what date did this foreign army arrive here?

Lieut.-Colonel SANDEMAN ALLEN:

Does my right hon. Friend realise that there is a debugging parade every Thursday in Gibraltar, and does he not consider that this is a waste of time?