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Maryhill Barracks

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 26th March 1957.

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Photo of Mr William Hannan Mr William Hannan , Glasgow Maryhill 12:00 am, 26th March 1957

asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware of the obsolete and out-moded accommodation for Service men at Maryhill Barracks; and if he will, in reviewing the Army's future needs, permit the resumption of building of new accommodation at Cardross.

Photo of Mr Julian Amery Mr Julian Amery , Preston North

A good deal of work has been done at different times to modernise Maryhill Barracks, but to proceed further with this programme now that we are uncertain how long we shall need the barracks would not be in the interest of public economy. As to Cardross, I regret that I cannot go beyond my Written Answer of 5th March to a similar Question by the hon. Member.

Photo of Mr William Hannan Mr William Hannan , Glasgow Maryhill

Can the Under-Secretary say whether a decision in this matter is likely to be come to very soon?

Photo of Mr Julian Amery Mr Julian Amery , Preston North

I cannot say how soon it will be arrived at. It is not our intention to remain in the barracks indefinitely.

Photo of Mr Evelyn Strachey Mr Evelyn Strachey , Dundee West

But cannot the hon. Gentleman give us rather more hope of progress in this matter of barracks? After all, his colleague the Secretary of State for Air is now reported to he moving at more than supersonic speed. Cannot the hon. Gentleman at any rate move at some speed in this matter of barracks accommodation, which is, perhaps, the most important single factor in recruiting a voluntary Army?

Photo of Mr Julian Amery Mr Julian Amery , Preston North

I do not think that the Under-Secretary of State to the War Office should try to break through the sound barrier.

Photo of Mr William Ross Mr William Ross , Kilmarnock

May I, as one with experience of Maryhill barracks, ask the Under-Secretary if it is not about time that they were designated as an ancient monument and handed over to the care of the Minister of Works?