79. Duchess of Atholl
asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether any decision has been arrived at in regard to the retrocession of the civil station of Bangalore to Mysore; and whether he will give an assurance that this retrocession will not be decided upon until this House has been given an opportunity of discussing the necessary safeguards for the welfare of the inhabitants, including terms to owners of property in the civil station?
§ The Under-Secretary of State for India (Mr. Butler)
I would refer my Noble Friend to the answer given to my hon. Friend the Member for Windsor (Mr. A. Somerville) on 3rd May. I will, of course, be ready to give the House any desired information regarding the details of any measure of retrocession that may be decided upon.
Duchess of Atholl
Are we to understand from that answer that the House will not be given any opportunity of pronouncing an opinion on this proposed retrocession, to which great objection is taken by British, Anglo-Indians and Moslems in Bangalore?
§ Mr. Butler
I explained the position to the Noble Lady in a previous answer to which I would refer her.