§ Mr. WHITEHEAD
asked the Under-Secretary of State for India what has been the average number of British military officers serving in India and Burmah during the five years ending 31st December, 1908; and how many of such officers have retired from the service through ill-health during each of those five years?
§ Mr. BUCHANAN
The average number of British military officers serving in India (including Burmah) during the five years ending 31st December, 1908. is 4,763. It is impossible to state how many officers have retired through ill-health in any of those years, inasmuch as retirements due to ill-health are not recorded as such in the large proportion of cases in which officers voluntarily retire on the pensions which they are entitled to claim after certain periods of service.