EARL of RONALDSHAY
asked the Under-Secretary for India whether it is the intention of the Government of India to introduce a 'Bill to extend the provisions of the Seditious Meetings Act; and, if so, can he state whether the step contemplated is due to any recent increase in activity on the part of those who are engaged in propagating sedition?
§ Mr. MONTAGU
There is no intention at present to strengthen the pro- 1062 visions of the Act, but its operation expires on 31st October next. Legislation will be undertaken to continue it in force for five months until the question of renewal can be discussed in the full Legislative Council at Calcutta. The step is not due to increase of agitation.