HC Deb 30 March 1909 vol 3 cc169-70

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he is aware that the Oriental Institute at Woking, which was founded some years ago by the late Dr. Leitner entirely by the support of Indian chiefs for Indian students coming to this country, has long been the subject of animadversion on the part of Indians both in India and in this country; and whether he will institute an inquiry into the subject of the origin and purposes of and the moneys contributed from India towards the institute, as well as the legal position of the present occupants, and to take such action thereon as may tend to restore the institute to its proper legal status and the original uses for which Indian moneys were subscribed for it?


The Secretary of State has received representations on the subject referred to; but, as the hon. Member is no doubt aware, the institute is a purely private undertaking, and the Secretary of State has at no time had any share in its organisation or management.