HC Deb 19 March 1906 vol 154 c73

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether members of the Council of India are allowed, after appointment, to accept directorships in public companies; and whether subordinate officials at the India Office are allowed to do the same.


Members of the Council of India stand upon a footing totally different from that of ordinary members of the Civil Service; they cannot be removed from office except upon an Address from both Houses of Parliament; and no person has over them the control implied by the terms of the Question. As regards members of the establishment of the Secretary of State for India, they are subject, in respect of the acceptance of directorships to the same rules and restrictions as the rest of the Civil Service in this country; that is to say, they are not allowed to accept any such post if it would require their attendance at any time between the hours of ten a.m. and six p.m.