HC Deb 17 July 1879 vol 248 cc612-3

asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether he is now in a position to name the time at which in accordance with assurances given by him, he will make a state- ment with reference to the position of affairs on the north-west frontier of India; and, whether, if full explanation can then be given without inconvenience to the public service, he will, on that occasion, inform the House for what objects the recent war was carried on, and what advantages have accrued from it to England or to India?


Sir, I understand that a despatch is coming from the Government of India, giving full details of the negotiations with Yakoob Khan; and when that despatch arrives we shall, no doubt, be in a position to lay it on the Table of the House. Then it will be possible to have a fair discussion, if it is desired; but I really cannot undertake to anticipate the discussion which may then take place.