§ MR. JAMES STUART (Shoreditch, Hoxton)
asked the Under Secretary of State for India, Whether he is aware that in the late Conference of the Bishops of the Church of England in India and Ceylon held in Calcutta at the end of January last, under the Presidency of the Metropolitan of India, a Resolution was unanimously passed condemning the Contagious Diseases Acts in India; whether the following sentence occurs in that Resolution—We believe that the Contagious Diseases Acts not only fail to produce the beneficial results anticipated, but expose the authorities to the suspicion of treating incontinency as a necessary evil, and of directly encouraging an immoral trade;and, whether a copy of this Resolution is in the hands of the India Office; and, if not, whether he will take stops to obtain a copy?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Sir JAMES FERGUSSON) (Manchester, N.E.)
(who replied) said: No Report of the Conference, or of the Resolution, has been, received at the India Office. For 1075 the reasons stated on Thursday last, the Secretary of State considers it unnecessary to take stops to procure one.