§ MR. ARTHUR ARNOLD
asked the Secretary of State for India, "Whether it is true that Messrs. Rothschild have purchased the Rajputana Railway, reputed to be seven hundred miles in length; that they have paid £4,500,000; and, whether that sum is correctly stated to represent the total cost of the line up to the close of the official year 1879–80?
THE MARQUESS OF HARTINGTON
Sir, it is not true that Messrs. Rothschild have purchased the Rajputana Railway. Negotiations have, however, been opened with the promoters of a Company for completing and working a system of railways in Rajputana of about 1,400 miles in length; but no arrangement will be come to until the Government of India have been consulted on the subject. The cost of these lines up to the close of the official year, 1880–1, may be taken at £8,000,000.