§ Sir HENRY HARRIS
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that prior to the capitulation of Kut-al-Amara officers were required by a divisional order to destroy their saddlery, binoculars, revolvers, and other articles which were their private property; whether the War Office have made good such loss to the officers concerned; and, if not, whether he will consider the fairness of doing so?
§ Sir A. WILLIAMSON
Such claims as those to which my hon. Friend refers are dealt with under the usual regulations relating to loss of kit and equipment which provide for compensation (or free issues) as and when the articles are required for further service (including necessary replacements 727W during captivity). I have no reason to suppose that claims for loss of kit by officers who were in Kut at the time of its capitulation have been otherwise dealt with.