§ MR. CALDWELL (Glasgow, St. Rollox)
asked the Under Secretary of State for India, Whether it is the case that the pay of Warrant Officers of the Indian Department was fixed in 1868 in. rupee money at a time when the rupee was worth 2s. in English money; and that, since the rupee is now worth only about 1s. 5½d., the pay is practically reduced, notwithstanding that the technical and scientific knowledge possessed by these officers have increased in value; and, whether the Indian Government is prepared to reconsider the pay, and, in 31 some measure, to meet the fall in value of the rupee?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE (Sir JOHN GORST) (Chatham)
Warrant officers on the Indian Establishment receive special Indian rates of pay which were fixed in 1866, and which are paid in rupees. The Indian Government is not prepared to reconsider the special Indian rates of these or any other officers on the ground of the fall in the gold value of the rupee in countries outside India?