HC Deb 10 March 1902 vol 104 cc866-7
* MR. CHANNING (Northamptonshire, E.)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether he can explain why no record appears in the Return of buildings burnt in South Africa of the farmhouses and other buildings burned during Sir Redvers Buller's march into the South Eastern Transvaal after the relief of Ladysmith.

† See further telegram at close of this day's report.


No farms were burned down during this march of Sir Redvers Buller.


Arising out of the reply, may I ask the right hon. Gentleman if he is aware that in the summer of 1900 a number of letters from officers were published referring to farm burnings. [Cries of "Order!"] It is perfectly in order—


I do not think so. If the hon. Member wants further information he had better put the Question down.


I will furnish the right hon. Gentleman with the information and put down a further Question.