HC Deb 01 May 1893 vol 11 cc1627-8
MR. CHAPLIN (Lincolnshire, Sleaford)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for India when the Report of the Committee on Indian Currency may be expected; and what is the cause of the delay in the production of that Report?


Perhaps, at the same time the hon. Gentleman will say whether he is aware that very great inconvenience and embarrassment to the financial calculations and policy of the Indian Government has been caused by the protracted delay in the production of the Report of Lord Herschell's Committee on Indian Currency; and whether, in the event of that delay being still further protracted, the Indian Government will be instructed not to wait for this Report so as to cause financial embarrassment?


As has been already stated by the Secretary of State in another place, the Committee appointed to advise the Secretary of State upon the proposals of the Government of India is now approaching the termination of its labours, and its Report may soon be expected. Owing to the great difficulty and complexity of the subject of inquiry, and to the amount of evidence submitted, the deliberations of the Committee have unavoidably extended over a considerable period of time. Her Majesty's Government do not think it expedient that the Government of India should be allowed to take measures in anticipation of the Report.