§ MR. SAMUEL SMITH (Flintshire)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for India whether his attention has been called to the report in the Times of to-day stating that the ques- 329 tion of closing the Mints of India to the free coinage of silver was under discussion in Calcutta; and whether any communication has been received from the Indian Government on the subject?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA (Mr. G. N. CURZON,) Lancashire, S.W., Southport
The Secretary of State has seen the telegram in the Times, and he has received a copy of a letter on the subject addressed by the President of the Indian Currency Association to the Government of India. Some correspondence on the general subject has also taken place between the Secretary of State and the Government of India in connection with the approaching International Conference.
§ MR. SMITH
Arising out of that answer, I wish to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether in the Instructions given to the British delegates to the International Conference they will be allowed a fair opportunity of discussing all the recommendations proposed at the Conference, subject to ultimate reference to the Government?