§ MR. PATRICK O'BRIEN (Kilkenny)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether he can give the number* See page 1254 of this volume.1394 of prisoners of war held by the Transvaal and British forces respectively; and say whether, in the interest alike of the prisoners on both sides, the Government would consent to an exchange of prisoners.
§ *THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (Mr. WYNDHAM,) Dover
The total of Transvaal and Orange Free State prisoners on the 23rd March was 5,000. The total of British prisoners cannot be accurately ascertained, but the total of missing and prisoners up to the 31st March was 3,466. It is not considered that the time has come for raising the question of an exchange of prisoners.