§ MR. CROPPER
asked the Secretary of State for India, Whether it is true that the Government of India has reduced the Duty on Opium exported from Bombay by 50 rupees per chest; and, whether the object of the Government in this reduction is to encourage the Opium trade between Bombay and China?
THE MARQUESS OF HARTINGTON
Sir, I have not yet received from the Government of India any account of the 377 reasons which have induced them to reduce the duty on opium by 50 rupees a chest. I imagine the reason is their desire to place Malwah opium on a more equal footing with Bengal opium as regards taxation; but I am not in a position to know.