§ MR. LENG
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether his promise to grant pensions each year to 100 of the Crimean and Indian Mutiny unpensioned soldiers in needy circumstances will be fulfilled before the expiry of the present financial year, seeing that only 39 had been granted at the time of his recent statement; and whether, if the 14 years' service restriction is maintained, he will grant 61 other pensions to sick and infirm soldiers whose service comes nearest to 14 years?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (Mr. E. STANHOPE,) Lincolnshire, Horncastle
I hope, Sir, that my promise may be fulfilled before the end of the financial year. But if the restriction is maintained by the Treasury I should have some difficulty in doing so.