HC Deb 25 February 1869 vol 194 cc310-1

said, he would beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for India, If he has any objection to lay upon the Table all the Papers connected with the deposition of the Nawab of Tonk; Copy of the said Nawab's application for permission to leave Benares, his present place of exile, for the purpose of visiting England, together with the grounds upon which the late Governor General refused such application; and, whether he has any objection to lay upon the Table the Letter of Professor Syed Abdoollah, dated the 19th of January last, offering remarks on the subject of Native Indian servants and others brought from India to England, and who are frequently thereafter found destitute in the streets of London; and also to explain under what circumstances the Resolution of the Bombay Government, dated the 11th of February 1846, and which required that any one bringing Asiatic or African servants to Europe should deposit certain sums of money in the Government Treasury as a guarantee for the safe return of the said servants, was repealed?


, in reply, said, he had no objection to produce the Papers connected with the Nawab's deposition, but the Papers connected with his application to leave Benares had not yet been received from India. With regard to the latter part of the Question, he had to say that the resolution of the Bombay Government alluded to was, he believed, not found of much practical use, and had fallen into desuetude. The fact was that the Oriental vagrants in the streets of London were not generally dismissed servants, but adventurers or suitors who had come here on their own account. The whole of this subject, however, was of importance, and was receiving attention.