HC Deb 25 April 1907 vol 173 cc259-60
MR. C. E. PRICE (Edinburgh, Central)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether it is proposed to appoint any native of India to sit on the Committee of Inquiry into the system under which the Indian Railway Board now works, and other matters connected with the working of railways in India; and, if not, whether, in view of the interest of the people of India in the efficient and economic administration of the railways constructed in their country, he will reconsider his decision in this matter.


I fully recognise the interest of Indians in the economical and efficient administration of the railways which are of unique importance to all classes of the community. But the scope of the inquiry calls rather for expert and intimate knowledge of the direction of railway companies and the conditions and methods of the money market, and this is amply afforded by the gentlemen who have consented to serve. I have no doubt whatever that the Committee will take every opportunity of consulting representative Indian opinion.

MR. REES (Montgomery Boroughs)

Is it not the fact that the capital with which these railways were built was sent out from England?


Some may have been.