§ MR. LAMBERT
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India if he has had information as to the request of the Tibetans for an armistice; and whether competent negotiators have been appointed to settle points of difference; and, if so, has the British Commander authority to receive and treat with such negotiators.
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA (Mr. BRODRICK,) Surrey, Guildford
An armistice was granted up to 30th June and has been prolonged at the request of the Tibetans. The Ta Lama, accompanied by representatives of the three Lhasa monasteries, has been received by Colonel Younghusband and is now in negotiation with him. It is not yet known whether the Ta Lama has authority to effect an agreement with Colonel Younghusband, but in this event the British Commissioner has authority to treat with him.
§ MR. BRODRICK
Representatives of the Chinese Government have been in communication with us throughout, and of course will be associated with us in the negotiations.