§ MR. O'REILLY
said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for War, When the following Cavalry Regiments will return from India: the 7th Hussars and the 2nd and 3rd Dragoon Guards; and what length of time each of these Regiments will have served in India?
THE MARQUESS OF HARTINGTON
replied that the 7th Hussars would in all probability return home early in the year 1871, after 13½ years' service; the 2nd Dragoon Guards in 1869, after 11½ years' service; and the 3rd Dragoon Guards in 1870, after 12½ years' service. So lengthened a period of service in India arose from the fact that eight cavalry regiments had been sent to India in 1857–8, during the existence of the Mutiny; and that, as it was not possible to commence the reliefs till 1863, it was found necessary to keep a few of those regiments in India for a longer period than usual.