§ *MR. D. NAOROJI (Finsbury, Central)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether, to ascertain the correctness of Lord Cromer's statement of 1882 about the annual average income per head, and to show whether the people of British India are improving or becoming worse in their material condition, he will grant the Return for which a Motion stands on this day's Paper; and whether, if he be unwilling to grant as a Return the details of Lord Cromer's calculations, as asked in the first part of the Motion, he will give an opportunity to the hon. Member for Central Finsbury of personally inspecting them?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Sir EDWARD GREY,) Northumberland, Berwick
, answering, in the absence of Mr. H. H. Fowler, said, considering that the statement to which my hon. Friend refers, was confessedly founded upon uncertain data, and that any similar calculation, which might now be made, must be founded on equally uncertain data, and might probably be misleading, the Secretary of State is unable to agree to my hon. Friend's Motion.