HC Deb 31 March 1884 vol 286 cc1149-50

asked the Under Secretary of State for India, Whether it is the fact that the Princess of Tanjore, daughter of the late Rajah, is at present in a condition of poverty; and, whether the Government will, in view of all the circumstances of the case, reconsider the decision come to in 1855 to confiscate all the real and personal estate of the Rajah on his death, a de- cision censured by the late Lord Kingsdown and by the Right honourable Gentleman the Member for Birmingham?


Sir, I am not aware what are the present circumstances of the Princess of Tanjore, who, however, I learn, receives a pension of 36,000 rupees a-year. Her Majesty's Government are not prepared to re-open any of the questions affecting the Tanjore family, which were finally settled 22 years ago. I may add that it was not the case that all the real and personal property of the late Rajah was confiscated at his death. On the contrary, his private property was distributed among the members of his family.