§ MR. SCHWANN (Manchester, N.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether the surplus shown by the finances of Burmah of £1,800,000 in the year 1901–2 is spent in Burmah or transferred to the credit of the finances of India; and will he state why the course selected was adopted.
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA (Lord GEORGE HAMILTON,) Middlesex, Ealing
The revenue received in Burmah and in the other provinces of India forms part of the revenues of India, although, as a matter of administrative convenience, the local authorities are entrusted with its collection, and with control over certain portions of it. This is, and has long been, the established practice, and I am not aware of any good reason why it should be changed.