HC Deb 16 May 1904 vol 134 c1379
MR. LAMBERT (Devonshire, South Molton)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India what is the effective righting strength of the expedition now at Gyangtse, with the number of guns, rifles, and ammunition; for how long is it provisioned; whether supplies are available in the country; what is the length of the communications, the strength of the forces on them; and what is the nearest British force available should the expedition need relief.


The lion. Member asks a series of Questions calculated to elicit information which I think he will realise it would not be in the public interest to give. General Macdonald informed us on the 14th inst. that the Mission is safe at Gyangste. His Majesty's Government have sanctioned the dispatch of any reinforcements which the Indian Government may consider necessary for the safety of the Mission and its communications