HC Deb 01 May 1893 vol 11 c1631
MR. HANBURY (Preston)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether it is a fact that the military contribution of the Straits Settlement is much heavier per man than that of any other Colony, and is now one-fifth of the whole Revenue; and whether, since the contribution was raised in 1890 from £50,000 to £100,000, the Colony has had to absorb almost the whole of the fund hitherto specially maintained against times of special emergency, and has had to discontinue the necessary and ordinary public works?


The question of the amount of the military contribution to be paid by this Colony is about to be reviewed by the Departments concerned, and in these circumstances the hon. Member will see that it is not advisable to give a detailed answer, many of the points referred to being the subject of controversy.