§ MR. NORRIS (Tower Hamlets, Lime-house)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War if he can state if upwards of £600,000 unclaimed Army Prize Money has been devoted during the present century to keeping up Chelsea Hospital and Gardens, and if a sum of £76,000 Consols is now awaiting claimants; whether, since 1863, £81,976 of soldiers' unclaimed balances has been handed over to the Patriotic Fund Commissioners; and if, from either of such sources, allowances can be awarded to such deserving old soldiers, incapable of work and in want, who served before the enemy in the Crimea or during the Indian Mutiny?
§ *THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (Mr. E. STANHOPE,) Lincolnshire, Horncastle
The sums transferred from Army prize money and from soldiers' unclaimed balances are substantially as stated in the question, but such funds can only be devoted to the purposes laid down in the Statutes under which they are transferred. But I should like to look into this matter a little further before arriving at any positive conclusion.