§ SIR FREDERICK MILNER
asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether, considering the fact that the food supply at Khartoum must of necessity be exhausted by the time our Troops can arrive there, if not before, and owing to the probability of a great famine existing in the Country, through the failure of the Tribes to cultivate their land, Her Majesty's Government have arranged to send up sufficient supplies to provide means of subsistence for the Troops, and for the beleagured inhabitants of the town; and, whether, inasmuch as it was known at Cairo, early in August, that grave doubts existed as to whether General Gordon's ammunition would hold out, he has arranged that sufficient munitions of war should be sent with the 909 Expedition, for the use of the Governor of Khartoum?
THE MARQUESS OF HARTINGTON
Supplies in large quantities are being concentrated at Dongola, upon which Lord Wolseley will be able, in case for necessity, to draw. There is no reason to believe that supplies of the character used by the Natives are deficient in the Nile Valley owing to the failure of the tribes to cultivate their land. Ample supplies for munitions of war of all kinds have been provided from this country for the Nile Expeditionary Force, and their disposition rests entirely with the General Officer commanding.