HC Deb 23 June 1879 vol 247 c425

asked the Under Secretary of State for India, If he can explain the nature of the Treaty creating a Customs Union between the Portuguese Colonies and British India, and for the concession of a Railway from Goa to Bellary, concluded on the 26th of December last, and just passed through the Portuguese Cortes; and, can say whether these arrangements are to be submitted to this House also, or to the Legislative Council of India?


Sir, this Treaty contains many administrative arrangements of an important but complicated character, which it would be impossible for me to explain in an answer to a Question. But I can assure the hon. Member that the Treaty shall be laid upon the Table as soon as official information is received that it has been ratified. The Governor General of India in Council had full opportunity of considering the arrangement before it came before the Portuguese Cortes.