HC Deb 01 February 1900 vol 78 cc271-2

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.


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.