§ SIR WILFRID LAWSON (Cumberland, Cockermouth)
asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether he could confirm the news which came from Egypt this morning that the British troops return to Suakin forthwith, and that nothing more was to be done?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. E. STANHOPE) (Lincolnshire, Horncastle)
I confess I have not seen that statement in the papers this morning.
§ MR. CREMER (Shoreditch, Haggerston)
I wish to ask the Secretary of State for War, Whether he has any further information to impart to the House with reference to the operations before Suakin; and, I also desire to ask the total number of British and Egyptian troops either killed and wounded, and the number of troops—rebels as they are called—that have been killed and wounded; and, whether there are any more "glad tidings of great joy" to impart to the House this Session?
§ MR. MUNDELLA (Sheffield, Brightside)
Before the right hon. Gentleman answers the Question, I wish to ask, Whether there is any truth in the statement that appears in the Papers that the troops are about to proceed to Handoub?
§ MR. E. STANHOPE
I have not seen any such report in the newspapers. And with regard to the Question of the hon. Member, I can only say I have not received any further news what 976 ever from Suakin this day; and all the news as to the losses of our own troops as well as of our foes was contained in the telegram which we took care to have published yesterday.