HC Deb 19 June 1884 vol 289 c800

asked the Under Secretary of State for India. If Her Majesty's Government have received any official Report from India, giving an estimate of the numbers of the Russian forces now within striking distance of the Afghan frontier; and, if so, whether it is consistent with the public interest to communicate it to Parliament?


I need scarcely assure the hon. Member that the attention of the Government of India is directed to everything which affects the Afghan Frontier; and information has, of course, been received from time to time as to the Russian troops in that neighbourhood. But no such special Report as the hon. Member describes has been received from the Government of India; nor would it be consistent with the public interest to communicate information of this nature to Parliament.