MR. HERBERT ROBERTS (Denbighshire, W.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether he will state the grounds upon which the Government of India decided that the present armed political mission to Thibet is not a contra vention of the Act of 1858; and whether he will lay Papers before Parliament con taining a report of the proceedings of the Supreme Executive Council of India at which this conclusion was arrived at, together with the opinions then given upon the question.
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA (Mr. BRODRICK,) Surrey, Guildford
The fact that an escort accompanies the political mission does not necessitate any faction under Clauses 54 and 55 of the Government of India Act, to which I presume the hon. Member refers. The question is not one for the consideration of the Governor-General's Council, and there are no Papers to be presented.