HC Deb 11 July 1907 vol 178 cc42-3

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether any steps are being taken here, apart from any action that may be contemplated by the Government of India, for relieving the tension of the crisis in connection with the deficiency of wagons and rolling stock, which is causing prejudice and inconvenience to the commercial community and loss to the railways.

I beg also to ask the Secretary of State for India whether he will now state what the available funds are likely to be for the purpose of an increased expenditure upon Indian railways over and above the sum provided for in the East India Financial Statement.


Perhaps I may be allowed to answer my hon. friends two Questions together. As stated in my reply to another Question asked by him on the 9th instant, I have sanctioned an addition of £1, 000, 000 to the programme of capital expenditure for the present year. The greater part of this grant is being devoted to the supply of additional rolling-stock. By the addition of this £1,000,000 the funds available for capital expenditure on Indian railways will be increased from £9,000,000, as provided in the Financial Statement, to £10,000,000.