HC Deb 17 March 1920 vol 126 cc2175-6

asked when it is proposed to set up the Standing Committee of Members of both Houses of Parliament in connection with Indian affairs, as recommended by the Joint Select Committee on the Government of India Act last Session?


I think it is clear from paragraph 6 of their Report that the Joint Select Committee did not contemplate the setting up of a regular Joint Standing Committee until the Act is in operation, and, speaking generally, the Act cannot be brought into operation until the rules to be framed under it are ready. But I hope very shortly to move the House to reappoint forthwith the Joint Select Committee which dealt with the Bill, for the purpose (as they themselves recommended) of considering and advising on the drafting of these rules, and that similar steps will be taken in due course in another place.


Are we to understand that there is to be no change in the personnel of the Joint Select Committee from that which was sot up last Session—no addition either in this House or the other House?


No, Sir; I think there will be some.

Colonel YATE

Is it usual for a Committee, set up for a particular purpose in one Session, to recommend that they should be continued indefinitely, and that that recommendation should be acceded to?


My right hon. Friend thinks that is the appropriate course to take under the circumstances.