§ 9. Mr. KING
asked the Under-Secretary for India whether the Government of India or the India Office has consulted Mr. J. Begg, the consulting architect of the Government of India, on the plan and architecture of the new Delhi, and, if so, whether any report by him will be published; and, if he has not been consulted, whether he- will be called on to report on the practice ability of employing Indian architects and craftsmen in constructing the new capital?
In the ordinary course of business the Government of India will take the opinion of their consulting architect on the proposed ground plan of the new capital, the designs for particular buildings, and the extent to which Indian craftsmen and designers can be employed. It is not usual to publish confidential reports of this kind, and the Secretary of State cannot say what course will be followed by the Indian Government in the present case.