HC Deb 05 April 1894 vol 22 c1447
SIR W. WEDDERBURN (Banffshire)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether his attention has been drawn to a notification, dated 9th December, 1892, in The Sindh Official Gazette, under which an educational qualification, including a knowledge of English, is required from Hindu candidates for Government Service, while a lower qualification, not including a knowledge of English, is required from Mahomedan candidates; whether such difference of treatment, depending on difference of creed, is in accordance with the requirement of the Queen's Proclamation of 1858; and whether he will disallow this notification as being inconsistent with such requirement?


My attention has been called to the notification to which my hon. Friend refers. I am not prepared upon such information as I have received to express any opinion as to this particular case, but I will bring it under the notice of the Government of India.


Will the right hon. Gentleman make inquiry from the Government of India as to whether similar notifications have been issued in other parts of India infringing religious impartiality?


I am not prepared to order an inquiry. I think, if such a notification is carried out, it would be unfair, as it would seem to bear the complexion of religious partiality in favour of one portion of Her Majesty's subjects.