HC Deb 09 March 1876 vol 227 cc1706-7

asked the Under Secretary of State for India, Whether the Return for the East India Army, showing the total amount of Military Charges, does not omit a charge of upwards of half a million sterling per annum paid on account of the various military funds and other charges included in the head "Superannuation, Retired, and Compassionate Allowances;" and, if so, whether he will amend the Return so as to show all charges on account of the Army in India?


No charge has been omitted from the Re-turn alluded to. The position of the military and medical funds is as follows:—In 1862 the Government of India found that a heavy annual charge was imposed by certain funds established by the East India Company upon the revenues of India, and they wound these funds up, taking over their assets and liabilities, the former of which consisted of a large capital. The annual payments on behalf of these funds exceeds the subscriptions, and the difference is made good out of the capital taken over, which now stands at the high figure of £1,800,000. There will be no charge for some years to come. The funds established in the place of those abolished, are self-supporting.