HC Deb 12 February 1867 vol 185 c282

asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, What is the number of British Troops still remaining in New Zealand; what force is to be left there permanently; and, by whom the expense of maintaining such force is to be borne?


said, that the British troops in New Zealand, already reduced from 10,000 to 3,190, are under orders to quit, except one regiment of Infantry, which this country will maintain; but, while it does so, the colony is to appropriate yearly £50,000 to native purposes. Peremptory orders had been issued to immediately send home the excess of the number over the one regiment to be kept there, and it did not appear, from the most recent accounts received from the colony, that there was any reason why those orders should not be immediately obeyed. He should present further papers in continuation of those presented at the end of last Session, which would put the House in possession of all the correspondence that had taken place on the affairs of New Zealand up to the present time.