§ MR. M'LAREN (Cheshire, Crewe)
asked the Under Secretary of State for India, Whether he is aware that notwithstanding the statement of the Indian Government that the operation of the Contagious Diseases Act was suspended in Bombay, Madras, and Bassein, it is still in force in Bombay; whether it is a fact that on June 5 the examination of women in the usual way by the assistant doctor was being conducted in the usual examination room in Cursedji Suklaji Street, and the women were receiving their licences as before; whether he is aware that the room is next door but one to the Mission School under the American Mission of the Rev. A. Hume; and, whether he will telegraph to India and inquire why the Act is still in force, and will represent to the Government of Bombay the necessity of stopping the whole system?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE (Sir JOHN GORST) (Chatham)
, in reply, said, a statement had been made to the Secretary of State by the hon. Member himself that the operation of the Contagious Diseases Act in Bombay had not yet been suspended. The Secretary of State had telegraphed to the Government of India on the subject; but an answer had not yet been received.