§ MR. RICHARD
asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether he can give the House any further information as to the occasion and object of the military reinforcements sent to Burmah; and, whether that measure was taken with the knowledge and consent of the Government at Home?
§ THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER
I think the best answer I can give to the hon. Gentleman will be by reading a telegram received from the Viceroy of India on this subject—British garrison reinforced with (it should be 'upon') urgent recommendation made by Chief Commissioner, and strong advice of Eden, lieutenant Governor. Resident at Mandalay has reported warlike preparations of Burmese, strengthening of river forts, rumours of disturbances, insecurity to foreigners, and warning from well-informed quarters early mischief intended. Altogether, precarious position of affairs. Garrison in Burmah on peace footing; too weak for protection of Province in event of disturbance on frontier, and consequent internal excitement. News of reinforcement will support our Resident. Yesterday's mail takes despatch stating the situation and proposals.The step was taken by the Viceroy of India on receiving a communication from the Resident at Burmah, and it was immediately communicated in the proper and ordinary course to the Secretary of State at home.