HL Deb 11 March 1924 vol 56 c676

My Lords, I beg to make the Motion, of which Notice has been given, for the appointment of a Standing Joint Committee on Indian Affairs. As it was moved from this side of the House and supported from the other, I do not think that any arguments on my part are required in favour of it. I may say that the Committee, if it is set up, will be appointed to consider any matters referred to it by the Government or by Parliament. I am not aware that there are any questions of moment winch we should desire to submit to the Committee immediately, but if that which was foreshadowed in the Indian Legislative Assembly should mature—namely, that the Government of India should consider the question of possible extensions or amendments of rules under the Government of India Act—that is the kind of subject which we should desire to refer to the Joint Committee.

Moved to resolve, That it is desirable that a Standing Joint Committee on Indian Affairs of both Houses of Parliament be appointed to examine and report on any Bill or matter referred to them specifically by either House of Parliament, and to consider with a view to reporting, if necessary, thereon any matter relating to Indian affairs brought to the notice of the Committee by the Secretary of State for India.—(Lord Olivier.)

Ordered, That a Message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint them therewith, and to desire their concurrence.

House adjourned at a quarter before seven o'clock.