19. Mr. F. HALL (Dulwich)
asked if the Viceroy of India, the Commander-in-Chief, and the Governors of Bombay and Madras are prohibited during their tenure of office from proceeding to England on short leave; if the same prohibition exists as regards their visiting other places outside India; and if legislation would be needed to make provision for those holding these posts to visit England to confer with the Government on matters of importance in connection with Indian affairs?
These officers may not leave India with the intention of returning to Europe, and they are precluded from receipt of salary if they leave India at all otherwise than in the known actual service of the Crown. Legislation would be necessary if the law were to be altered.
Does not the hon. Gentleman think that the time has arrived when there should be legislation in order that these officers may, if necessary, return to this country?