§ 8. Mr. WELLOCK
asked the Under-Secretary of State for India if he is aware that on 2nd September, 1926, the Madras Legislative Assembly passed the Malabar Tenancy Bill, for the protection of tenants against eviction, etc.; that despite the fact that it was supported by nominated as well as elected members, and the representatives of various political parties and communities, the Bill was vetoed on 1st November by His Excellency the Governor of Madras; and whether the exercise of the veto on a purely domestic issue took place after previous consultation with His Majesty's Government?
§ Earl WINTERTON
The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. The Governor, in the discharge of his responsibility under the Government of India Act, withheld his assent for reasons explained in a Press communiqué, a copy of which I will send to the hon. Member. His Excellency did not previously consult His Majesty's Government.