HC Deb 15 March 1898 vol 54 c1667

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War what information as to the effect of Dum-Dum bullets on men or animals was in the possession of the War Office before those bullets were issued to the Army. I may also at the same time ask the right hon. Gentleman whether any Dum-Dum bullets have been served out for use in West Africa?


The Dum-Dum bullets are made in India by the Indian Government, and issued by it to the Army in India. They are found to inflict, when they strike soft tissues, a wound sufficiently severe to stop an enemy. They do not in any way infringe the Convention of St. Petersburg. Some of these bullets have been specially manufactured at Woolwich for one of the West African colonies at the request of the Crown Agent.