§ SIR WILLIAM WEDDERBURN (Banffshire)
I beg to ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether Her Majesty's Government have been able to reconsider the question of charging a share of the Opium Commission expenses to the Indian Revenues?
THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER (Sir W. HAROOURT, Derby)
I have considered this subject in all its bearings, and I have come to the conclusion, in conjunction with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for India, that, viewing all the circumstances of the case, the cost of the Commission should be borne by the English Exchequer and not by the Indian Government. The cost of the Commission will be among the Supplementary Estimates, which I hope will be laid on the Table to-night and circulated to-morrow.