HC Deb 06 April 1897 vol 48 cc613-4
MR. M. M. BHOWNAGGREE () Bethnal Green, N.E.

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India what is the total amount of subscriptions received and remitted to India up to the end of March, for the relief of the people suffering from famine, by the United Kingdom, the British Colonies, and the Russian dominions, for the money and grain contributions from which the thanks of Her Majesty's Government were recently conveyed to the Government of the Czar?


In reply to a telegram asking for information as to the sums already transmitted, the Government of India telegraphed on the 3rd inst. the following statement:— Total subscriptions Indian Famine Fund as follows:—Mansion House, £361,850; remainder of United Kingdom, £183,400; British colonies, £37,543, of winch Canada £25,000; India, £79,731; other parts of the world, £4,732; grand total, £667,256. (Cheers.] They add that no contribution in money has as yet been received from Russia; what may have been received in kind I am at present unable to say; but Her Majesty's Government, having learned that gifts of grain were on their way from Russia, and that the Russian Government had given special facilities for their transport, lost no time in causing their thanks to be conveyed to that Government for their sympathetic action. [Cheers.] It will be observed that the sums of money received by the Government of India up to the 3rd inst. were considerably less than the amount which is known to have been subscribed or promised, and which cannot in all be less than £787,500.