§ MR. BRADLAUGH
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for India whether the detailed Reports of the district officials of Madras respecting the condition of the crops in Southern India, which crops were expected to be very short owing to the deficiency of rain, have been received by the Secretary of State; and whether he will lay them upon the Table?
SIR J. GORST
The Secretary of State will be happy to show the hon. Member all the Reports received up to the 22nd of March, which is the latest. They can he made a Parliamentary Paper, if the hon. Member desires. But the rains of the end of December happily removed all cause for apprehending serious scarcity, and there has been no scarcity, though crops are below the average.