HC Deb 09 June 1904 vol 135 cc1210-1
MR. WEIR (Ross and Cromarty)

To ask the Secretary of State for India, if he will state what additional expenditure will be incurred in salaries or otherwise under the Indian Councils Bill.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Brodrick.) The Indian Councils Bill does not increase the number of memberships of Council; it merely removes the special qualifications and conditions now connected with one of them. It is, however, intended, if this Bill is passed, to appoint the full authorised number of Members of Council, instead of leaving one post unfilled, as at present; and it is possible that some increase of the secretariat may in consequence be required; but as to this no details have yet been settled. The pay of a Member of Council is £5,333 a year.