§ MR. DALZIEL (Kirkcaldy Burghs)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether, having regard to the various conflicting reports in the public Press on the subject, he will state: (1) whether at any time since his recent visit to this country the Viceroy of India has intimated his intention of resigning office in the event of the powers of the Commander-in-Chief in India being largely increased: (2) whether any communication expressing disapproval of the decision of the Government in this matter has been received from Lord 374 Curzon, and h he in a position to give a denial to the reports that the Viceroy's resignation is impending.
§ MR. BRODRICK
The House is aware from the despatches which have been published that a difference of opinion has arisen between the Commander-in-Chief in India and the Governor-General in Council as to the administration of the Army in India. I have nothing to add to what has been published except to say in reply to the second Question that since the receipt of the recent despatch conveying the decision of His Majesty's Government on the question at issue between the authorities in india, a communication has been received from the Viceroy suggesting certain modifications in the proposed arrangements, which are now under the consideration of His Majesty's Government. The Viceroy has not tendered his resignation.
§ MR. DALZIEL
With regard to the suggested modifications, may I ask if Lord Curzon has intimated that in the event of his view not being adopted he will tender his resignation?