§ MR. CHANNING
I beg to ask the Financial Secretary to the War Office, what is the present number of Crimean veterans in receipt of a pension; and, whether he can state what number of such veterans, who are not in receipt of a pension, are supposed to be living at present?
THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY TO THE WAR OFFICE (Mr. J. POWELL-WILLIAMS,) Birmingham, S.
I assume that the Question is intended to apply to the Indian Mutiny campaigns as well as to the Russian wars. There are 2,020 such pensions now payable. We do not know accurately the total number of the men referred to; but, judging from the fact that more than 2,000 pensions have been claimed under the present restricted conditions, and that a very large number of soldiers left the Army after those campaigns with comparatively short service, it may be 365 regarded as certain that the number must be far in excess of the number of campaign pensions already granted, and it has been estimated to be 14,000 or 15,000.