§ SIR MANCHERJEE BHOWNAGGREE (Bethnal Green, N. E.)
I be to ask the Secretary of State for India if he has any official information on the subject of recent discoveries of iron or and aluminium in the Central Provinces in India, and if claims are being staked out in the new fields, where it is alleged these materials are found in large quantities.
§ MR. BRODRICK
The report on the mineral production of India which the Government of India have recently published contains the latest information as to the deposits of aluminium, manganese, and iron ores in the Central Provinces. I shall be glad to send my hon. friend a copy. During the year ending March 31st last twenty-one prospecting licences and mining leases were granted in the Provinces for various minerals.