§ MR. LAMBERT (Devonshire, South Molton)
To ask the Secretary of State for War if he will state the total cost of the military operations in Somaliland, including the £500,000 Estimate for this year.
(Answered by Mr. Secretary Arnold-Forster.) The total estimated cost of the military operations in Somaliland, from 1st October, 1902 (the date from which the charges have been borne by Army Votes) to 31st March. 1904, amounts to £2,100,000. The Estimate of £500,000 for the current financial year includes a sum of £230,000 for the cost of the garrison to be retained in Somaliland after the withdrawal of the expeditionary force. The balance of £270,000, plus the £2,100,000 already referred to, brings the total cost of the campaign to £2,370,000.