§ * SIR JOHN COLOMB (Great Yarmouth)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, whether, since the outbreak of war in South Africa, any general instructions were issued to our Military Attachés abroad on the subject of the supply and purchase of horses; and, if so, on what date; whether any information or suggestions as to obtaining supplies of 843 horses were voluntarily tendered by any of our Military Attachés abroad to the Foreign Office; and, if so, will he state by whom and when; and, if any such information or suggestions were so received, what action was taken by the Foreign Office on their receipt.
§ * THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Lord CRANBORNE,) Rochester
No general instructions have been issued to our Military Attachés abroad on the subject of the supply and purchase of horses. Suggestions as to the obtaining of supplies of horses were voluntarily tendered by certain of our Military Attachés and were at once transmitted to the War Office.