§ MR. T. C. H. HEDDERWICK (Wick Burghs)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether Dum-dum or explosive bullets have been employed against Her Majesty's troops in the North-West Frontier campaign; whether the use of such missiles is opposed to the canons of International Law; and whether the Government are taking any steps to trace the source of supply of such bullets if they have been used in the campaign as stated?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA (Lord GEORGE HAMILTON,) Middlesex, Ealing
The so-called Dum-Dum bullets, which are not explosive bullets, have been used against the troops in the recent Frontier campaigns, and are probably part of a large quantity of ammunition captured from a convoy by the Afridis at the advance on Maidan. The use of these bullets is not opposed to any international law or to the customs of war.