HC Deb 16 May 1892 vol 4 c978
MR. BUCHANAN (Edinburgh, W.)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for India whether the attention of the Madras Government has been frequently drawn of late by the public Press, by memorials from the missionaries, and particularly in a Report from Mr. Tremenheere, Collector of Chingleput, to the condition of the pariah population in Southern India; whether Mr. Tremenheere's Report will be published; and whether the Secretary of State will urge the Madras Government to take immediate steps, by legislation or otherwise, to remove the grievances and ameliorate the condition of this class?


(1) The attention of the Government of Madras has been called to the subject by a Despatch from the Secretary of State of the 23rd July last, as well as in the manner described by the hon. Member. (2) The Secretary of State has not yet received the reply of the Government of Madras or the particular Report mentioned by the hon. Member. It is impossible to say at present what Papers will be presented. (3) Both the Secretary of State and the Government of Madras are anxious to do all that is practicable to improve the condition of the pariahs. The subject is under the consideration of the Government of Madras, and the Secretary of State has telegraphed to inquire when their reply to his Despatch may be expected.