HC Deb 22 February 1904 vol 130 c551
SIR HENRY FOWLER (Wolverhampton, E.)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War if he can give the House any estimate of the cost price of the various items which form the excess appropriations in aid of Votes, 6, 7, 9, and 10 of the Army Estimates, the proceeds of which realised £3,230,000.


I am afraid that it is not possible to give this information. An enormous quantity of surplus animals and stores of every description and in various conditions had to be disposed of at the end of the war in South Africa. Large quantities were sold to the Civil Governments of the new Colonies, and the balance was disposed of locally on the best terms possible. But the proportion which the amounts realised bore to the original cost price could not be estimated.


And large quantities of stores were also publicly burnt.