HC Deb 21 July 1862 vol 168 c599

said, he rose to ask the Secretary of State for War, Whether any provision has been made for the wives and families of the soldiers sent out to Canada?


said, he wished to inquire, Whether, in consequence of the rejection of the Militia Bill by the Canadian Parliament, Her Majesty's Government have taken, or are prepared to take, any steps either to support the 12,000 British troops sent to Canada, or to withdraw them?


said, with respect to the first Question, arrangements had been made to allow lodging-money to the wives and families of the British soldiers in Canada. They were expected there, and he understood that provision would be made for them on their arrival. In reference to the second Question, he had to state that, as the hon. Baronet was aware, reinforcements had been sent out to Canada in consequence of the condition of the relations between this country and the United States during the winter, and it was not the intention of the Government to withdraw any of those troops at present, or to take any steps to carry such a proceeding into effect. On the other hand, there was no immediate intention of sending out any further reinforcements.