§ SIR J. GORST (Cambridge University)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for India whether the Indian Government has forwarded to the Secretary of State a Report of the proceedings of the recent Conference at Calcutta on the maintenance of land records, with a Minute or Despatch recommending any scheme for Bengal or other Province; if so, whether, before deciding on any such recommendation, the Secretary of State will afford the landholders and tenants whose interests will be affected an opportunity to consider the Report and recommendations, and state their views or objections?
* MR. GEORGE RUSSELL
The Report to which the right hon. Gentleman refers has reached the Secretary of State, and will be considered by him in Council. The landholding class were represented at the Conference; and the Secretary of State cannot undertake to postpone the consideration of this matter, on which an early decision is desirable, for the purpose indicated in the right hon. Gentleman's question.