§ CAPTAIN PIRIE
On behalf of the hon. Member for Wick Burghs, I beg to ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, having regard to the numerous instances in which old soldiers, who have served their country with distinction in the field, are from time to time reported as inmates of workhouses or dependent upon casual charity, and to the fact that the War Office appears to have no fund available for the relief of such cases, he will consider, in framing his Budget for the year, the possibility of setting apart a sum sufficient to form a fund which would enable the War Office to provide in a manner worthier of the country and the service of the Queen for the declining years of such old soldiers in approved cases?
§ THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER (Sir MICHAEL HICKS BEACH,) Bristol, W.
A good deal has been done in this matter, but nothing regarding it has lately been brought under my consideration. I do not think it will affect the Budget.