§ SIR JOHN POPE HENNESSY (Kilkenny, N.)I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty if he will state the total annual cost of the Marines; the 483 total annual cost of the administration of the force; and the total annual cost of the relief of all the colonial garrisons?

§ LORD G. HAMILTONThe total number of Marines estimated for 1891–92 is 14,000. The total annual estimated cost of these numbers is £738,699, which includes £4,730, the total annual estimated cost of administration of the force. Taking the average of the current year and the two previous years, the cost of the relief of the British troops stationed abroad (excluding India) is estimated at £145,000 a year. These figures include the sea transport charges only.