HC Deb 08 January 1913 vol 46 c1174
27. Mr. FELL

asked if the Indian Government has now ascertained the origin of the statements that were cabled from India about a month ago to the effect that certain Indian princes had met and were prepared to recommend that India should give to this country a number of battle ships and cruisers; and what steps they proposed to take to prevent such reports being cabled over as facts?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the negative. As regards the second, the Secretary of State does not consider that any action is necessary.


Does not the hon. Gentleman consider it very unfortunate that exaggerated statements like this should be sent over and get a wide circulation and that no contradiction of them should appear?


It is not for me to express a mere opinion.