§ SIR SEYMOUR KING
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India, whether, with regard to the exchange compensation allowance, it has been decided that those officers whose salaries are regulated by statute will not only be debarred from receiving the allowance in future but will be called upon to refund moneys already received; whether, if this decision has been arrived at by the Government of India, consideration has been given to the ruinous effect of requiring officers, to whom the Government has been paying the compensation for years, without demur, on the ground admitted generally in the case of Indian civil servants that they were fairly entitled to some compensation for the loss to which they were subjected by the fall in the exchange, to recoup out of their diminished salaries considerable arrears of money which they have received under Government sanction and expended in good faith; and, whether he will reconsider the decision?
§ LORD GEORGE HAMILTON
The question as to the possibility of granting exchange allowance to officers whose salaries are regulated by statute is a legal one; and I believe that the Government of India are now giving their attention to it. Until the legal question shall have been finally settled, no decision on the question of refunding will be taken.