HC Deb 18 March 1872 vol 210 cc116-7

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether he will state the number of officers, non-commissioned officers, and men included in the effective strength of the Army now in England who are either wholly or partly maintained out of the Revenues of India; and whether he is prepared to give an estimate of the amount which is thus contributed by India to the English Exchequer?


Sir, I shall be ready to give any Return my hon. Friend may move for, showing in any form he wishes the number of officers, non-commissioned officers, and men on the Indian and on the British establishments respectively. The number of men in the depôts of Indian regiments is shown in the Estimates laid before Parliament; and their cost is defrayed from the Votes of Parliament, and is to be reimbursed by a sum of money for each recruit agreed upon by the India and the War Offices, upon a calculation approved by the Treasury. I do not think that more is contributed by India than the English Exchequer is fairly entitled to receive.

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