§ Sir HENRY CRAIK
On a point of Order. May I ask if the specific point raised in the question, which relates to a subordinate clerk, is not a matter that might be left to the local provincial government, instead of being made the subject of question and answer in this House?
§ Earl WINTERTON
May I submit that this is the kind of question which, even before the Reforms Act was passed, did not come within the immediate cognisance of the Secretary of State, who, by invariable practice, left such matters to the discretion of the Government of India or the provincial government as the case might be. Since the Reforms Act was passed, as it is open to members of the Assembly or the provincial Councils to ask questions, make speeches and vote on such matters, I submit that it is not part of the duty of the Secretary of State to this House, as performed through me, to answer questions of this kind.
§ Colonel WEDGWOOD
Is this not really a question of courtesy? Nearly all these questions would be ruled out if the doctrine just laid down were strictly followed. Is it not, however, the fact that the Noble Lord offered to make inquiries for us from India, on points such as this, in order that Members of this House might keep some check on what is going on there?
§ Mr. SPEAKER
The line of demarcation between reserved and non-reserved subjects always gives me a great deal of difficulty. I must confess I think this question is one which might have been left to be dealt with in India.