HC Deb 15 November 1926 vol 199 cc1524-5

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he is now in a position to give definite information as to the decisions come to in regard to the extension of the provisions of the Lee Commission Report to officers of the provincial services of non-Asiatic domicile appointed by the Secretary of State in Council, as well as to officers of the same denomination and domiciliary position appointed by authorities other than the Secretary of State in Council; and, if so, whether he can supply, for the information of the House, a full list of the beneficiary officers?


A large number of decisions has already been taken, but my Noble Friend would prefer to postpone publication of the names of beneficiaries until decisions have been arrived at on the remainder still under discussion with the Government of India. He fully expects to be able to publish a comprehensive list before the end of the Session.


Is not the noble Lord aware that this is a very old story now and the decision has been very long delayed?


I am aware that there has been long delay between the time the Act came into operation and the actual decision, but I must not be taken as admitting that the delay could be avoided. A number of consultations had to be made with the local govern- merits before any final decision could be reached.