§ SIR SEYMOUR KING
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for India whether, in accordance with a letter from Mr. J. K. Cross, Under Secretary of State for India, written on 3rd April, 1883, in which he states that— 301Lord Kimberley observes that you are under the impression that the present disparity of the pay of the Civil and Military Engineers will be maintained. This is not the case; it is intended that they shall in future receive the same amount of pay—any such equalisation of pay has yet taken place; and, if not, when it is intended to carry out the Resolutions arrived at 10 years ago?
MR. G. RUSSELL
The equalisation of the pay of Civil and Military Engineers in the Indian Public Works Department, as indicated in Mr. J. K. Cross's letter, dated 3rd April, 1883, was not carried into effect, because, as was stated in the House of Commons by the Under Secretary of State for India on the 11th December, 1888, subsequent representations received from the Government of India convinced the Secretary of State that it was an inexpedient measure.