§ 4. Mr. ALBERY
asked the Secretary of State for India whether he can give any information as to the source from which the arms and armament used by the Afridi in recent operations were obtained?
§ Mr. BENN
I cannot give precise information; but in recent years supplies of arms have unfortunately been freely available in neighbouring countries, largely as the result of the abandonment or loss of arms during the Great War or in subsequent periods of disturbance, and no doubt the tribesmen have obtained supplies piecemeal from various sources in this way.
§ Mr. ALBERY: Has the right hon.
Gentleman had any reason to believe that quite modern arms are supplied to the Afridi from a neighbouring source? Has he made inquiries, or does he not think that it is of sufficient importance to inquire into?