HC Deb 02 July 1902 vol 110 c529

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India, in view of the inconvenience which must necessarily arise through corresponding with the officials in India on questions affecting the administration of Indian railways, will he say why the India Office declines to give information, or make inquiries in regard to such matters, in response to Questions to the Secretary of State placed on the Paper by Members of this House.

THE SECRETARY of STATE for INDIA (Lord G. Hamilton,) Middlesex, Ealing

It has always been the practice for the Secretary of State in Council to leave to the railway authorities on the spot a large discretion in respect of details of working, which could not be controlled from this country without serious disadvantages to the service. To this practice I propose to adhere.

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