§ MR. SAMUEL SMITH (Flintshire)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether he will give a Return of the mineral concessions granted in India; since 1880, showing the position and extent of the areas and the names of the parties to whom the concessions have been granted; and whether he will state-the general nature of the terms.
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA (Mr. BRODRICK,) Surrey, Guildford
I will ask the Government of India 917 whether the Return for which the hon. Member asks can be compiled without an inordinate amount of labour, and will acquaint the hon. Member with the result. Some, though not all, of the information is given in the Government of India's Annual Return of Mineral Production. The general nature of the terms of mining concessions in India is shown in the Indian mining rules, of which I shall be happy to send the hon. Member a copy.