§ 4. Colonel YATE
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether the recommendations of Admiral Slade's committee have now been fully considered; and, if so, whether the time has now come when it is possible for him to consider the question of giving permission to the Government of India to arm the vessels of the Royal Indian Marine, so as to enable the Royal Indian Marine to take their share in the police and patrol work of the Persian Gulf and Indian Seas, and to afford the people of India an opportunity of helping to strengthen the Imperial naval forces in Eastern waters?
§ The UNDER-SECRETARY for INDIA (Mr. Montagu)
The opinion of the Government of India on the recommendations of Admiral Slade's Committee has not yet been received, the second part of the question therefore does not yet arise.
§ Mr. MONTAGU
We hope to receive the Report soon, but I cannot say exactly when. After it does come it will have to be considered by the Admiralty.