HC Deb 18 April 1907 vol 172 c1110
MR. ANNAN BRYCE (Inverness Burghs)

To ask the Secretary of State for India whether, in view of the urgency and importance of the Indian railway question, he is now in a position to say when the departmental inquiry alluded to in his reply to the deputation of 12th March will be instituted; what its scope will be; and what will be the constitution of the body to which it will be entrusted.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Morley.)The committee of inquiry will begin work very shortly, It will be directed to inquire into and make recommendations upon the sufficiency of the amounts allotted in recent years for railway construction and equipment in India; the method of raising and applying further amounts, if such arc found desirable; and the system under which the Railway Board now works. The Committee will consist of Sir James Mackay, Chairman, Sir Felix Schuster, and Mr. Abrahams representing the India Office, and Sir David Barbour and Sir Walter Lawrence representing the Indian railway companies.