§ MR. T. LOUGH (Islington, W.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether it is the intention of the Government to grant a medal to the soldiers who have suppressed the rising in Matabeleland; how many Hussars or other regular troops now remain in or near Buluwayo; and when is it the intention of the Government to order these soldiers back to Natal?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE COLONIES (Mr. J. CHAMBERLAIN,) Birmingham, W.
An Army order was issued on the 1st inst approving tile grant of a medal to the forces engaged in the operations of 1896. Only 200 Hussars remain in Rhodesia. In May it was decided to move them to Mashonaland to act in support of the police. The troops will be withdrawn as soon as the circumstances permit.