HC Deb 23 July 1897 vol 51 cc901-2
CAPTAIN PIRTE (Aberdeen, N.)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether the War Office would be prepared to re-consider the question of long service in India for British troops, as being both physically and financially advantageous, especially in view of the disastrous casualties from enteric fever and veneral disease aiming British soldiers in India?


The application of the short service system to India, has been proved to possess many advantages from a physical, financial, and military point, of view, and Her Majesty's Government has no intention of reverting to the old system of long service for the Indian Army.