HC Deb 21 June 1889 vol 337 cc417-8
MR. HANBURY (Preston)

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether the Bill and the Treasury Minute to carry into effect the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Civil Establishments will apply to the India Office, the charge for which falls upon the Indian Revenue, as well as to those Departments the charge for which is borne by this country?

* THE FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY (Mr. W. H. SMITH,) Strand, Westminster

The Public Service Commission has not extended its inquiry to the India Office. But under the Act fur the better government of India, 1858, the India Office is bound, as regards admissions to the service, to conform to the Orders in Council, and, as regards compensation, superannuation, or retiring allowances, to conform to the Acts of Parliament which, for the time being, regulate such matters in the other public offices. Any action, therefore, which may be taken in consequence of the Commission's Report will to this extent affect the India Office.