HC Deb 18 July 1890 vol 347 c221
MR. BIRRELL (Fife, W.)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for India what are the duties and salary of the Political Aide-de-Camp to the Secretary of State for India; out of what funds such salary is paid; and, if the same is paid out of the Revenues raised in India, whether, in the interests of Indian taxpayers, he will consider the advisability of abolishing the office; and whether the holder of such office is under any, and what, supervision so far as regards the effective discharge of the duties (if any) appertaining to such office?


The duties of the Political Aide-de-Camp to the Secretary of State are: To attend on Native Princes visiting this country; to represent the Secretary of State when natives are presented at Court; to exercise a general supervision over the welfare of natives, students, and others sent to this country by the Government of India, or recommended to the good offices of the Secretary of State; to make recommendations to the Secretary of State as to the disposal of the cases of destitute natives who apply for relief to the India Office. His salary is £500 with £300 for contingencies. He is paid from the Revenues of India. The Secretary of State does not contemplate the abolition of the office. The Political Aide-de-Camp is like other members of the establishment of the India Office, under the control of the Secretary of State.