HC Deb 14 February 1907 vol 169 cc294-5

To ask the Secretary of State for India whether he will consider the propriety of relaxing the veto placed upon crossing the Tibetan frontier from the Indian side, in view of the fact that travellers and explorers experience no difficulty in entering the country from China and Russian Central Asia.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Morley.) Russia, I may remind my hon. friend, is not coterminous with Tibet. The political and diplomatic reasons that led His Majesty's Government to prohibit the entry of travellers and explorers from India into Tibet are still in force, and I see no sufficient ground for reconsidering the question at present nor for a certain period which is not likely to be unlimited in duration.