§ SIR ROPER LETHBRIDGE (Kensington, N.)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for India whether the attention of Her Majesty's Government 1004 has been drawn to the munificent contribution made by the Maharajah of Darbhanga towards the initial expenses of famine relief in the district of Darbhanga and the province of Behar; and, whether the Government of India will sanction the construction of a railway, as a famine relief work, from the town of Darbhanga to Sitamarhi?
§ * THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA (Sir J. GORST,) Chatham
No official Report of the munificent contribution by the Maharajah of Darbhanga has been made to the Secretary of State. The railway in the direction indicated in the question has for some time been in contemplation, but nothing has been definitely settled.