§ Mr. BARTON
asked the Under-Secretary whether, in the interest of trade, he will arrange for daily publication of the official report of rainfall in India during the progress of the monsoon?
§ Mr. MONTAGU
The present arrangement is that the Government of India telegraph every week a summary of the crop and weather reports of the provinces, and these, under orders recently given by the Secretary of State, will be communicated to the Press as received. There would be some difficulty in sending daily telegrams, and the Secretary of State does not consider it necessary to alter the present practice. In case of any important change in the monsoon the Government of India would send an interim telegram, which also would be communicated to the Press.