HC Deb 05 February 1900 vol 78 cc570-1

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War will he explain why the request of the troopers of the Imperial Light Horse of South Africa to the War Office to be permitted to have Mauser pistols as part of their equipment, accompanied by an offer to pay for the weapons out of their own pockets, was refused by the War Office; and whether the troopers in question have since been armed with Mauser pistols.


The War Office did not refuse permission. On the contrary, it did what it could to facilitate the transmission to Natal of the revolvers which the commanding officer of the Imperial Light Horse had ordered from a private firm.