§ SIR GEORGE CAMPBELL (Kirkcaldy)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for India whether there is any truth in the statement that the Punjab coolies for the expedition from Chittagong towards Burma were so neglected and exposed on the way there that the majority of them were incapacitated by sickness before they joined; and, if so, whether inquiry has been made to fix the responsibility?
§ MR. BRADLAUGH (Northampton)
I have also to ask the Under Secretary of State whether he has yet received any reply from the Government of India as to the alleged serious mortality amongst the troops engaged in the Chin Lushai expedition; and, if so, can he make any statement as to the truth of the telegram in the Times of February 10th on that subject?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA (Sir J. GORST,) Chatham
I will answer both of the questions at the same time. The Secretary of State has received information from the Government of India that the statements in question alluded to in the question of the hon. Member for Kirkcaldy are wholly in correct, and that the sickness on the Chin Lushai expedition has been greatly exaggerated.