HC Deb 12 May 1879 vol 246 c125

asked the Under Secretary of State for India, about the India Famine Commission, as to what parts of India that Commission has visited, what results brought out, where the Commissioners are at present, what they are doing, and when may their Report be expected; and, finally, what has as yet been the cost of this inquiry?


Sir, this Commission has visited or received evidence from the greater part of India. The result has been the collection of a great mass of very valuable information, which will require considerable time to sift and arrange. That work has been intrusted to Mr. Justice Cunningham and Mr. Elliott. Mr. Caird has come back to England, General Strachey has resumed his position as a member of the Council of the Secretary of State, and the other members are in India. The Commission is now considering its Report; but I fear some time must elapse before it is completed.