§ MR. SCHWANN
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India if he will state what has been the expenditure up to date on the Seistan Boundary Commission, and what is the estimated cost up to the anticipated completion of its work next autumn; will any portion of such cost be defrayed by the Persian or Afghan† See (4) Debates, xcii., 329.247 Governments or by the British Treasury; is this Commission accompanied by any military escort; and, if so, of what strength.
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA (Mr. BRODRICK,) Surrey, Guildford
I am unable to give the figures of the expenditure on the Seistan Boundary Commission, but I hope to receive the information shortly. The cost is estimated at rather over£5,000 a month, and, as my predecessor stated in answer to a Question list year,† will fall on Indian revenues. The escort with the Mission consists of one troop of native cavalry and two companies of native infantry.