§ MR. CAINE
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for India whether, in the forthcoming measure for the abolition of Presidency Army Commands in India, announced by the Secretary of State for War as shortly to be introduced, effectual steps will be taken for ensuring the financial saving expected to accrue from such abolition, as pointed out by the Commission sitting in 1881, which recommended the amalgamation of the Armies of India?
MR. G. RUSSELL
The saving to which my hon. Friend refers was expected to result not from the abolition of the Presidential Army commands, but from other measures of reorganisation recommended by the Indian Army Commission of 1879. These measures have in the main been already carried out, and a considerable saving has thereby been effected. The final change now proposed may cause a slight further decrease of charge.