HC Deb 24 November 1920 vol 135 c403
2. Colonel YATE

asked the Secretary of State for India whether he will call the attention of the Government of India to the fact that Rule 22 of the Government Servants' Conduct Rules, referred to by the Government of India in the instructions issued by them forbidding officials in India to subscribe to the Dyer Fund, refers only to political movements in India, and that, as the Dyer Fund was simply a private subscription, this rule does not apply; whether he can state in what year these rules were compiled, and whether they are compatible with the altered conditions of service now that the Reforms Act has come into force; and, if not, whether he proposes to have them altered?


I am satisfied that the Government of India acted in this matter within the rules. Although these rules are constantly being revised, I am not of opinion that they require revision in this respect. I feel sure that the Government of India acted in the interests of the service itself in the decision to which they came, and in forming his judgment on this matter I would ask the hon. and gallant Member to consider not only the particular case to which he refers but his feelings on the matter if the fund had been intended to commemorate actions or to honour individuals of whose conduct he disapproved.

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