§ *SIR CHARLES DILKE (Gloucestershire, Forest of Dean)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he can say what is the meaning of the proposed grant in aid of military expenses of £24,600 for Somaliland contained in the Estimates for the coming financial year; to what purposes the corresponding grant of £50,000 in the present financial year was applied, and what proportion it proved to be of the total military expenditure incurred.
§ *EARL PERCY
The grant of £24,600 is to cover (a) the cost of the 6th battalion King's African Rifles which forms the normal military force of the 1255 Protectorate (£20,000) and (b) Charges for pensions and gratuities (about £4,000) to officers and officers' wives and relations, who were killed or wounded in the recent operations. The grant of £50,000 made in 1903–4 covered (a) the cost of the above battalion (about £19,000,) and (b) the repayment to India of the amount of expenditure on buildings, works, etc., and other charges (£31,000) for which the Foreign Office became liable on taking over the administration of the Protectorate in 1898.