HC Deb 30 July 1888 vol 329 cc734-5
MR. MAC NEILL (Donegal, S.)

asked the Under Secretary of State for India, (1) Whether he will lay upon the Table of the House the despatch from the Government of India, dated February 21, 1881, in the case of Captain J. B. Chatterton, which has been printed by the authority of the India Office, and also the affidavit of Surgeon-Major Powell; (2) whether the order for the removal of Captain Chatterton was issued on March 11, 1869; and, (3) whether, between the dates of the Act for the Better Government of India, August 6, 1858, and the powers afforded by the Warrant of Parliament issued during the Session of 1872, the Secretary of State for India had power to remove Indian officers without trial and investigation?


(1) No; it is not necessary to lay on the Table the whole correspondence with Captain Chatterton, and it would be inconvenient to lay an isolated document. (2) Yes. (3) The Secretary of State has always had power to advise Her Majesty to dispense with an officer's services on sufficient cause being shown.