§ MR. SCHWANN
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether he will be able to deal soon with the cases of those men who have served in the Crimean and Indian Campaigns, and who were discharged, at their own request, after completing 10 years' service with a good character, and irrespective of their pecuniary circumstances?
§ MR. CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN
It has been repeatedly stated in this House that there is but a limited grant from which pensions to such men who served in the Crimea and during the Indian Mutiny can be paid. Vacancies for pensions in a fixed sum of £10,000 a year are filled as they arise, and in addition 100 fresh special pensions are granted each year. The object of these pensions, which are purely compassionate, is to relieve old soldiers who are destitute, 1094 and men not in that condition are not regarded as entitled to claim them.