§ 57. Miss WILKINSON
asked the Secretary of State for War whether the detachment of British infantry sent to occupy Shameen last year has been withdrawn; and, if not, what is the present strength of the British garrison of Shameen; whether the men forming the garrison are relieved at regular intervals; what is the state of health of the garrison; and how much longer it is intended to retain a British force at Shameen?
§ Mr. COOPER
A detachment of British infantry, numbering approximately 120, is still stationed at Shameen. It is relieved at regular intervals. In the latest report received, the health of the detachment is stated to be good. The retention of the detachment at Shameen is dependent on the political situation in China.