§ MR. W. S. CAINE (Bradford, E.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India if he is aware that the Victoria Technical Institute, Pantheon Street, Madras, founded 22nd March, 1890, to commemorate the Jubilee of the Queen-Empress, is now completed at the cost of £14,000, and that the purposes for which the building was intended, as set forth by an inscription on the foundation, stone, were those of a free library and Victoria Technical Institute, the latter being an already established body and whether the Government have refused to apply any portion of the building to technical instruction, but have handed it over instead to the Madras Dramatic Society, an amateur theatrical society of which the Governor is the patron; if so, will he order that the building shall be devoted to the purpose for which it was originally intended?
MR. GEORGE RUSSELL
The Secretary of State has no knowledge of the circumstances to which my hon. Friend's question refers, but he will make inquiry.