HC Deb 10 May 1878 vol 239 cc1688-9

gave Notice that on Monday next he should ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, What was the number of the Forces at present employed for the safety of the United Kingdom, and the defence of the possessions of Her Majesty's Crown, exclusive of the Forces acting in India; and, whether, with the addition of the Native Troops proposed to be removed to Malta, the number so employed would exceed the number authorized by Parliament—namely, 135,453?


gave Notice that he should move the following, as an Amendment to Mr. Fawcett's Motion, condemning the summoning of Indian Troops to Malta by the Government, without their intention having been first communicated to Parliament:— That this House cordially approves the policy adopted by Her Majesty's Government in employing Native Indian Troops on Imperial service, not only as involving the exercise of the Royal Prerogative, but as affording a substantial recognition by Her Majesty's Government of the loyalty and efficiency of the Indian Army.


gave Notice that on Monday next he should ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with regard to the removal of Troops from India to Malta, Whether it was the fact that the officers commanding the Indian regiments, being entitled to Indian rates of pay wherever they served, would be receiving at Malta about £1,700 a-year each, or rather more than four-and-a-half times as much as would be received by the British lieutenant-colonels serving side by side with them; whether the number of Indian officers of those regiments, which was only seven for each regiment, had been increased, as on previous occasions, to from 14 to 16 each; and, whether of these, even the junior officers would not receive on Indian rates of pay as high an amount in pay and allowances as lieutenant-colonels commanding British regiments in the same garrison?