§ Mr. REES
asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether the Secretary of State had received any reply from India regarding the allegation that many warehouses in Calcutta are crowded with fabrics from England which cannot be sold owing to the intimidation practised by the boycotters of Bengal?
The MASTER of ELIBANK
The Government of India state that the inquiries made by them show that the boycott was only a secondary factor in the recent congestion of stocks of English fabrics in Calcutta. The stocks in warehouses were highest in January, 1908, but since that date they have steadily declined, and deliveries are reported to be improving daily.
§ Mr. KEIR HARDIE
Will the hon. Gentleman state whether the Government has any information to show that intimidation has been practised in connection with the boycotting?