§ 10. Mr. LEONARD LYLE
asked the Secretary of State for India what were the reasons which induced his Department to grant a passage to India to Mrs. Annie Besant, when there were still a great number of soldiers' wives waiting for passages in order that they might join their husbands in India?
§ Mr. FISHER
At the time when Mrs. Besant obtained her passage a certain number of passages had been set apart for military, and a certain number for civilian, passengers. Mrs. Besant belonged to the latter class, and consequently her passage would not have been available for a soldier's wife.