§ * SIR JOSEPH LEESE (Lancashire, Accrington)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether his attention has been called to the recent discovery by Professor Bilderbeck Gomess, of an alleged method of treating rhea fibre on an economical and effective basis; and having regard to the great importance of such a discovery in connection with both the agricultural and manufacturing industries of India and the Home textile manufactures, if he will cause inquiries to be made with the object of developing the production of this fibre?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA (Lord GEORGE HAMILTON,) Middlesex, Ealing
My attention has not been called to the process mentioned in the hon. Member's Question; but, if it has a commercial value, I have no doubt that it will receive attention from those who are specially interested in the subject. As at present advised, I see no ground for any official Inquiry.