§ SIR HENRY FOWLER
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India, whether any Dispatches or telegrams relating to the occupation of Chitral have been sent by the Secretary of State to the Government of India since the Dispatch of the Secretary of State of the 16th of August 1895; and if there have been any such Dispatches or telegrams, will he inform the House why they have been omitted from the Correspondence recently presented to Parliament?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA (Lord GEORGE HAMILTON,) Middlesex, Ealing
No telegrams or 1520 Dispatches, except those relating to details of unimportance, have been sent to the Government of India since August 16th on the subject of Chitral. On the day upon which the Correspondence was laid upon the Table of the House—viz., March 27th—a Dispatch was sent to India dealing with proposals for reduction of military expenditure in Gilghit, but the correspondence on this point is not concluded, as further experience of the recent changes is necessary before final arrangements can be sanctioned. If the right hon. Gentleman wishes it I will gladly show him these Dispatches.