HC Deb 30 July 1902 vol 112 cc122-3
MR. H.J. WILSON (Yorkshire, W.R., Holmfirth)

To ask the Secretary of State for India whether he can lay upon the Table the draft of the new opium scheme for Burma, of which particulars have appeared in India, and which has been under consideration for some time past; also what means are being taken to ascertain Barman opinion on the new scheme, and whether it is calculated to lessen the evils produced by opium consumption in Burma, as set forth by Chief Commissioners Sir Charles N. Aitchison, and Sir Alexander Mackenzie.

(Answered by Secretary Lord George Hamilton.) I have not as yet received a copy of the regulations for giving effect to the revised arrangements for the licensed sale of opium in Burma, which I have sanctioned with the object of suppressing smuggling and checking illicit consumption. These arrangements were the result of careful and prolonged inquiries on the part of the Government of Burma, and I have every reason to think that due account was taken of the wishes and habits of the people.