HC Deb 10 March 1879 vol 244 cc522-3

asked the Under Secretary of State for India, What steps have lately been taken for the admission of a larger number of Natives of India to appointments in the public service; and, whether, if there has been any Correspondence on the subject, he will lay it upon the Table?


Sir, the House is probably aware that the admission of a larger number of Natives to the Civil Service in India has engaged the special consideration of the present Viceroy, and proposals were received last year from the Government of India for the admission of Natives to a higher class of offices than they have hitherto filled. My noble Friend (Viscount Cranbrook) has expressed his hearty approval of the principle, and has made various suggestions for carrying it out. As the Correspondence is still going on, I think it would be premature to lay it on the Table; but I can assure the hon. Member that no time will be lost in endeavouring to give effect to the decision.