§ MR. WEIR
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether he is aware that the Report on the Post Office of India shows that during the† See (4) Debates, cvii, 1342.1373 financial year 1900–1 there were fifty-seven cases in which mails were plundered by highway robbers, of which forty-two were in British Territories and fifteen in Native States. Will he state the value of the mails thus plundered; I have any measures been taken for their better protection; and can he say how many similar cases of robbery occurred during the financial year 1901–2.
§ LORD G. HAMILTON
I am aware of the figures quoted from the I Post Office Report. The paragraph of the Report from which the figures are taken shows that the entire mail was recovered in fourteen cases and a part of the mail in twenty-eight cases, and that the Government suffered loss in nineteen cases, the total amount of the loss being about £171. I am not aware that any special measures have been taken for the better protection of the mails. The Post Office Report for 1901–2 has not; yet reached me.