HC Deb 01 August 1867 vol 189 cc603-4

said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for India, When the Correspondence relative to the property of Narrim Rao, the Rebel Chief of Kirwee, will be laid upon the table of the House; whether the amount of 523,253rs. 4. 6., deducted by the Government of India from the Banda and Kirwee Prize Money for lost Revenue, with interest to the date of distributions, will be issued as a further grant to the troops; and, whether the Government of India have taken any further funds which belonged to the Rebel Chiefs of Kirwee, and which might be claimable by Her Majesty's Prerogative as a droit of war?


said, in reply to the first Question of the hon. and gallant Member, that the Correspondence would shortly be placed on the table. The second question had been considered by the Government, and they had referred it to the Law Officers of the Crown, who decided that the amount in question ought to be considered part of the prize money to be distributed to the troops, and a decision to that effect had been announced to the Governor General of India. He was not aware of any other funds claimable as part of the prize money. If his hon. and gallant Friend referred to certain promissory notes stopped by the Governor General, there was no possibility of recognizing them as prize money.