§ SIR CHARLES DILKE
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War what is the composition of the black battalion, additional to the Indian battalion, which is at Mauritius in garrison; and what statement was ever made to Parliament with regard to its recruitment or service.
§ * MR. WYNDHAM
The garrison of Mauritius is composed of the 1st Regiment of Bengal Infantry and the 27th Regiment of Madras Infantry. The black battalion no longer forms a part of the garrison. The right hon. Baronet will find the establishment detailed on page 159 of the Estimates for 1899–1900, and a reference to the battalion will also be found in the Secretary of State's memorandum accompanying those Estimates.