§ *SIR J. COLOMB
I bog to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty whether the British Legation at Peking has any guard furnished by the naval forces on the China station; if so, what is the strength and composition of the guard detached for that service; and whether it was composed of supernumeraries to the complements of ships on the station.
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. G. J. GOSCHEN,) St. George's, Hanover Square
Yes. So far as is known there are throe officers and seventy-five men of the Royal Marines at Peking. In all probability this guard was drawn from the Wei-hai-wei detachment, and not from ships' complements. Fuller information will doubtless be received later.