§ 50. Colonel YATE
asked the Prime Minister when Lord Hardinge's appointment as Viceroy of India terminates?
§ The PRIME MINISTER
Under normal circumstances Lord Hardinge of Penshurst's term of office as Viceroy and Governor-General of India would have terminated in November next, but His Majesty's Government, recognising the great services which Lord Hardinge has rendered to India, and desiring to retain the advantage of his experience during the coming winter, have requested him to remain till the end of March next. Lord Hardinge has readily consented to comply with our wishes, and the King has been pleased to approve the arrangement.
I am glad of the opportunity to express my sense of the public spirit which, in spite of the great strain of his labours, and in face of heavy private sorrows, has led Lord Hardinge to place his services unreservedly at our disposal.
§ Sir J. D. REES
Is it not the case that every Viceroy is appointed until the appointment of his successor, and that there is no five years term?