HC Deb 03 August 1860 vol 160 cc630-1

said, be would beg to ask the Secretary of State for India what progress has been made towards the settlement and distribution of the Delhi and Lucknow Prize Money, and of Indian Prize Money generally.


said, that with regard to the Delhi, and also the Lucknow Prize Money, he stated some time since that the necessary application had been made to the Treasury on the subject. Then came the question as to the scale of distribution which was to be adopted; and the Treasury, upon whom the responsibility rested, thought the same scale as that, adopted in the Crimean war should be applied to the Indian Prize Money. The Treasury asked the opinion of the Indian Council, and the Council thought that the new scale, which was far more favourable to the soldier than the old Indian scale, should he adopted. But a number of objections seemed to have arisen on the part of Officers, and accordingly a Commission of Official men from Chelsea Hospital, the Treasury, the Horse Guards, the Indian Office, the Admiralty, and the War Office, had been appointed to consider and report upon the proper scale to be adopted, he believed that a Report from this Commission had been sent either to the Trea- sury or the War Office. But if so, it had only been a day or two since, and no official step had been taken in the matter. The next step would be for the Treasury to consider whether it would adopt their Report, or if not, what scale should be decided upon.