§ MR. DISRAELI
Sir, as we are not to be favoured this year with a statement upon the affairs of India, I must trouble the right hon. Gentleman at the head of the India Board with an inquiry which I should have deferred to that occasion if this year it were to be offered to us. My question has regard to the great losses of property incurred by British subjects during the recent tumults in India. I wish to know whether it is the intention of Her 1815 Majesty's Government to propose any compensation for those who were placed in such unfortunate circumstances.
MR. VERNON SMITH
I may say, Sir, that there is under the consideration of the Court of Directors a scheme for affording compensation to the sufferers by the recent unfortunate events in India. That scheme has not been as yet matured, but as soon as ever it is brought before me, I need, I believe, hardly assure the right hon. Gentleman and the House that it will receive every possible consideration at my hands.