HC Deb 20 December 1906 vol 167 c1690
MR. W. F. D. SMITH (Strand, Westminster)

To ask the Secretary of State for India whether he is aware that the Indian Government, having made an order dated September 20th, 1906, admitting the sub-target aiming apparatus free of duty as educational apparatus, when imported direct by any unit of His Majesty's regular forces, have now prohibited the importation of an essential portion of the machine, namely, the rifle attached to it; and whether he can take steps to facilitate the importation of this machine, having regard to the fact that the rifle attached to it can be made useless for any other purpose than the practice of aiming.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Morley.) I have no information as to the facts stated in the Question, but I have no doubt that the Government of India will consider any representation made on the subject by a regiment desiring to import the apparatus as part of their regimental equipment.