HC Deb 26 June 1905 vol 148 cc78-9

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War what was the actual cost price of the supplies, set out on page 37 of the Butler Report, as having accumulated in South Africa on the 30th December, 1902; what amount was produced by the sale of these stores; and what loss was shown on the transaction apart from sea freight and railway carriage.


As these supplies were obtained from different sources and at varying rates, it is only possible to state their price very approximately. The total estimated cost price was, roughly, £2,300,000. Only a portion of these supplies was sold, the remainder being retained for use by the troops. I am afraid that I cannot give any figures for the amounts sold, as it is not possible without very great labour to pick out the items.