§ 66. Mr. HUME-WILLIAMS
asked the Secretary of State for India whether the chief engineer and secretary to the Public Works Department of the Government of Assam is a German of the name of F. O. Oertel; and, if so, why the services of a German are retained by the Indian Government in a position when so much information of value to the enemy must necessarily be available to him?
§ Mr. CHAMBERLAIN
Mr. F. O. Oertel is the secretary to the Chief Commissioner of Assam in the Public Works Department, having been appointed to that Department in 1883. He has lived in India for thirty-seven years and renounced his German nationality before he went there. He is, therefore, not a German subject. From a report received from India earlier in the year, I am satisfied that there are no grounds for dispensing with his services.