HC Deb 29 October 1906 vol 163 cc687-8
MR. O'GRADY (Leeds, E.)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether he is aware that since the amended rules governing the presentation of memorials from aggrieved Indian natives have come into force, cases have occurred in which petitions have failed to reach the Secretary of State owing to technical objections on the part of the authorities, although the aggrieved person or persons have observed the necessary formal preliminaries; and, if so, whether he will issue instructions directing that in all cases in future where the necessary preliminaries have been complied with petitions shall be transmitted to the Secretary of State.


The rules relating to the presentation of memorials are perfectly accessible to the public, and a Return of memorials that have been withheld under them is furnished to me quarterly. I am not aware of any such cases as the hon. Member describes, but if he will give me particulars of those which he has in mind, I will satisfy myself as to the reasons for which the memorials were withheld.