§ MR. SWIFT MACNEILL (Donegal, S.)
To ask the Secretary of State for War, what, so far as he is aware, is the number of the veterans of the Indian Mutiny who, at the recent banquet in commemoration of the jubilee of that episode in English history, left various workhouses to attend that banquet and subsequently returned to those work-houses.
(Answered by Mr. Secretary Haldane.) Inquiries have been made to enable me to give the hon. Member some information on the subject. I have been informed by the honorary secretary of the Veteran's Relief Fund that, as a large number of the applications to attend the dinner were made by relations and friends of the veterans on their behalf, it is not possible to give any accurate information. The men who came from workhouses were particularly unwilling to admit that they were so accommodated.