HC Deb 11 July 1932 vol 268 cc870-1

asked the Secretary of State for India whether he is yet in a position to announce the terms of reference and the names of the chairman and members of the advisory tribunal to deal with the question of the capitation charges and the incidence of India's defence expenditure?


I am not yet in a position to announce the names of the members. The chairman will be Sir Robert Garran, K.C.M.G., who was for many years Solicitor-General to the Commonwealth Government of Australia.

As the terms of reference are rather long I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate them in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following are the terms of reference:

  1. 1. To consider and report whether there should continue to be contributions by India towards the recruiting and training expenses at home of the British Army in India; and to report the basis on which the contributions if continued should be calculated.
  2. 2. To examine India's claim that a contribution should be made from Imperial revenues towards military expenditure from Indian revenues, and to report the basis on which any contribution should be assessed.
  3. 3. To examine the War Office claim that India should pay a direct contribution towards the cost of the Regular and Supplementary Reserves, and to report the basis on which any contribution approved should be assessed.
  4. 4. To consider whether the Sea Transport contribution paid by the War Office to India should be continued or modified after 31st March, 1932.
  5. 5. To examine and report mutatis mutandis on such of the questions raised in the preceding paragraphs as are relevant to the contribution at present paid from Indian revenues in respect of Royal Air Force personnel in India.

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