1. Sir J. D. REES
asked the Secretary of State for India whether he will give the House any information regarding the inquiry into Indian railway management to which Sir Arthur Anderson recently referred in the Legislative Council of India?
§ The PRESIDENT Of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Mr. Herbert Fisher)
The Secretary of State proposes that as soon as is convenient after the end of the War there shall be an inquiry in India as to the desirability or otherwise on administrative and financial grounds of modifying the present management of the railways in that country, which are owned by the State but are worked by companies domiciled in England, either by incorporating the lines in one or other of the existing State-worked systems, or by converting them into separate State-worked lines, or by making them over to companies domiciled in India?
2. Sir J. D. REES
asked the Secretary of State for India whether Lord South-borough's Reports have been received; and, if so, whether copies thereof will be made available for Members of Parliament?
§ Mr. FISHER
The Reports of the two Committees over which Lord Southborough presided have been presented to the Government of India in accordance with the terms of reference, but have not yet been received from that Government. The Secretary of State hopes to receive both Reports in the course of the month and will present them to Parliament without delay.