MR. GATHORNE HARDY
Sir, when I first entered upon the office I now hold, the question respecting the settlement of the claims of the officers of the late India Ordnance Corps had been a long time under discussion, and I found that the Army Purchase Commissioners were not in a position to deal with it, in consequence of the difficulties which had arisen between the India Office and the War Office. I thought it very desirable that the matter should, if possible, be brought to a conclusion, and therefore I proposed to my noble Friend at the India Office (the Marquess of Salisbury) that the matter should be referred to a distinguished ex-Judge, Sir Samuel Martin. The Papers were accordingly placed before him, and within a day or two Sir Samuel Martin has given his decision. It will be necessary that a short Bill should be brought in to enable the Army Purchase Commissioners to deal with that question upon the principles laid down by Sir Samuel Martin.