HC Deb 05 July 1897 vol 50 c1118

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether, in view of the grave state of affairs in India, he will advise the immediate return of the Government from Simla to Calcutta; and will he also make such arrangements for the future as will secure the presence of the employés at all seasons (save when on leave) in Calcutta, and thus obviate the necessity for the large annual expenditure involved in moving them to and from Simla?


I have no intention of offering advice on this subject to the Government of India as I have complete confidence in their judgment as to the necessities of the situation. The question of the annual migration to and from Simla was carefully considered by one of my predecessors in office about nine years ago, and I see no reason for altering the arrangements which were then sanctioned.