§ 3. Colonel YATE
asked the Secretary of State for India what is the fixed minimum rate allowed to the Indo-European Telegraph Department in Persia in exchange from pounds sterling to krans and from rupees to krans; and what is the rate given to the troops engaged in operations in Persia and on the Perso-Afghan frontier?
§ Mr. CHAMBERLAIN
Gazetted officers of the Indo-European Telegraph Department are paid in rupees converted into Persian currency at the official rate fixed quarterly on the basis of market rates. The present official rate is 280 krans per 100 rupees. Non-gazetted officers enjoy a minimum of 385 krans per 100 rupees on half their pay, and receive the other half at the official rate. A petition asking for a revision of these arrangements on account of the appreciation of the kran is under consideration. The Government of India have not informed me of the arrangements made for troops.
§ Colonel YATE
Will the right hon. Gentleman inquire from the Government of India as to the arrangements made for the troops?