HC Deb 02 June 1919 vol 116 c1698W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that between 5,000 and 6,000 soldiers left Mesopotamia on the 28th March with their documents completed for demobilisation, and that soon after their arrival at Karachi, on the 2nd April, they were asked by the general officer commanding the brigade to volunteer to stay for a period, probably not exceeding one month, as the white garrison was below strength, and that the men acquiesced; whether he will take steps to insure that these soldiers are relieved at the earliest possible moment; and can he give any assurance as to the approximately date when this relief may be expected?

Captain GUEST

In view of the emergency which has arisen in India, the statement as to the retention of these Volunteers is no doubt correct. Inquiries are being made. The men in question will be relieved as soon as the necessary arrangements can be made, but I am afraid I cannot give a date at present.