§ MR. H. B. SHERIDAN
said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for India, Whether Instructions have been sent to the Indian Government to take steps to reduce the amount promised by the Home Government for compensation for losses by the Indian Mutiny; and whether or not a Special Despatch to India was sent about January last upon the subject of these compensations; and, if so, whether there is any objection to lay that Despatch, or the last Despatch upon the subject, upon the Table of the House. And further, whether the Million Sterling awarded by the Home Government as compensation to sufferers by the Indian Mutiny is to be the minimum as well as the maximum of such compensation?
MR. T. G. BARING
said, in reply to the first question of the hon. Member, no instructions had been sent out to the Indian Government to reduce the amount of compensation for losses by the Indian Mutiny. With respect to the second question there would be no objection to the production of the Despatch if the hon. Gentleman would move for it. With reference to the £1,000,000 awarded by the Home Government for compensation, the question as between the maximum or minimum was reserved until the Indian Government know how much was to be paid on the principle upon which compensation was to be awarded.