§ MR. CAINE (Bradford, E.)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for India whether the Secretary of State's attention has been called to the fact that, whereas in the 10 years 1881–2 to 1890–91 the net lad revenue from all parts of India, including Upper Burma, amounted to Rx.194,979,519, the expenditure on Army services, special defence works, and military works during that period amounted to Rx.208,332,811, or Rx.13,353,292 in excess of the land revenue; and whether the Secretary of 189 State, in view of this enormous expenditure, is prepared to make any proposals for the reduction of military expenditure in India?
§ *THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA (Mr. GEORGE RUSSELL,) North Beds.
Yes, Sir. The figures are approximately as represented in the question, and the importance of effecting economy in the military expenditure has been impressed on the Government of India on more than one occasion.