§ Brigadier-General CROFT
asked the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been called to the fact that British officers at Tiflis are being paid in roubles at 80 roubles to the sovereign when the actual value is about 120 roubles; and whether, in view of the extreme hardship inflicted on officers and men in consequence, he will make an immediate inquiry with a view to improving the pay of British troops in this area?
§ Mr. CHURCHILL
The rate of exchange for official transactions in the Caucasus as in other countries is fixed by the Treasury from time to time and is at present eighty roubles to the pound sterling. The statement by my hon. and gallant Friend that the actual value of the pound sterling at Tiflis is 120 roubles does not agree with the reports received from the local military authorities. Perhaps he will communicate to me the information on which it is founded.