SIR MANCHERJEE BHOWNAG-GREE (Bethnal Green, N.E.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India if, in providing for the addition of a member to the Council of the Governor-General of India under the Indian Councils Bill, it is his intention to place the new member in charge of a Department of Commerce and Industries; and whether the new member will make it his special duty to organise a special system of technical and industrial education in India.
§ MR. BRODRICK
I would refer my hon. friend to the Answer which I gave 1 on the 9th inst. to the hon. Member for Ross and Cromarty, t The establishment of a secretariat for Commerce and Industries is under consideration, but has not yet been finally decided upon. Should I such a secretariat be established, it would no doubt give attention to the question of technical education.
§ MR. SCHWANN (Manchester, N.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether, in the Bill he has recently introduced to amend the Viceroy's Council, he will take the opportunity to provide that at least one representative and experienced Indian member shall be appointed to the Viceroy's Executive Council; and whether he is aware that a representation to this effect was contained in the Minority Report of the Royal Commission on Indian Expenditure.
§ MR. BRODRICK
I am aware that a representation to the effect named in the Question was contained in the Minority Report of the Royal Commission. It is open to the Crown to appoint an Indian member to the Viceroy's Council if deemed desirable, and His Majesty's Government are not prepared to limit the choice of the Crown in this matter.
§ † See (4) Debates, cxxxv., 1210.