HC Deb 17 May 1870 vol 201 c809

said, he wished to ask the Under Secretary of State for India, If he will place upon the Table of the House the whole of the Minutes of the Governor General's Council on the occasion of imposing an additional Income Tax upon the people?


In reply to my hon. Friend I have to say that he is possibly not aware that nearly the whole discussion on the Budget is always carried on orally, as well in the Executive Council as in the Legislative Council of the Governor General. The only Minutes at all answering the description given in my hon. Friend's Question, which we have, are extremely fragmentary and would give to the public, if printed, quite a wrong impression as to the real course of the discussion about the increased income tax. I shall be happy to show my hon. Friend the Papers; but I think he will agree with me that their publication would be undesirable.