§ SIR J. COLOMB (Great Yarmouth)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty whether any force of marine artillery or infantry has been employed on shore at Wei-hai-wei, and, if so, for what purpose and between what dates.
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. GOSCHEN,) St. George's, Hanover Square
No marine artillery have, to my knowledge, been employed at Wei-hai-wei. Some marine light infantry have been stationed at Wei-hai-wei for guard duties on the mainland and some on the island of Leu Kung for the same purpose—from an early date in the occupation till now.
§ SIR J. COLOMB
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War what is the rank of the officer now in command at Wei-hai-wei, and to what arm of the Service does he belong.
§ * THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (Mr. WYNDHAM,) Dover
The senior military officer at Wei-hai-wei is Lieutenant-Colonel Bower, of the Indian Staff Corps, but a naval officer, Commander Gaunt, is acting as Commissioner. The arrangement is, however, provisional.
§ * MR. WYNDHAM
Yes, Sir, he may be said to be senior as regards the administration of the station as a whole.