HC Deb 17 February 1879 vol 243 c1315

asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether he will undertake that no changes shall be made in the regulations affecting the Currency of India without Parliament having the opportunity of discussing them prior to their coming into force?


Sir, the right hon. Gentleman is no doubt aware that under the Indian Coinage Acts the Governor General in Council has the power of regulating the details of the currency without fresh legislation; and, therefore, I cannot give so large an undertaking as the right hon. Gentleman desires. I have communicated with the Secretary of State for India, who has authorized me to state that should any radical change be adopted while Parliament is sitting, he will take care that Parliament shall have the opportunity of expressing its opinion on the matter before it finally comes into force.