HC Deb 24 July 1916 vol 84 cc1302-3

asked the Secretary of State for India whether his Attention has been called to the statement that, during the journey of a troop train from Karachi to Peshawar, many soldiers were taken ill and some died; whether this tragic occurrence was due to over-crowding in the train; whether there was any shortage of rolling stock; what was the temperature at the time of starting the train and what would be the average temperature passing through Sind Desert; and what steps, if any, have been taken to bring the matter to the notice of the Indian Government?

The SECRETARY of STATE for INDIA (Mr. Chamberlain)

I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer which I gave to the hon. and gallant Member for Plymouth on Thursday last. I have directed the Government of India that having fixed the responsibility for this deplorable incident they are to hold the person or persons responsible to strict account.