§ MR. OTWAY
asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether Her Majesty's Government have information that Ahmed Mukhtar Pacha has been appointed to the command of the Ottoman Forces in European Turkey; whether they are informed as to the amount of the Ottoman Force in Macedonia and the parts of Turkish territory adjoining; whether there is reason to believe that it amounts to 80,000 men or thereabouts; and, whether Her Majesty's Government have any information as to the amount of military force at the disposal of the Greek Government?
§ SIR CHARLES W. DILKE
Her Majesty's Government have no such information about Mukhtar Pasha. As far as we know, he is still Vali of the Vilayet of Monastir, and has the command of the troops in that district. We cannot state precisely what is the amount of the Ottoman Force in Macedonia and the adjoining territory; but we have no 717 reason to believe that it amounts to anything- like the number mentioned in the hon. Member's Question. Her Majesty's Government have confidential information with regard to the Military Forces of most of the European Powers; but it is of a kind which it would not be desirable to make public.