HC Deb 30 July 1913 vol 56 cc542-3W
Sir J. D. REES

asked the Under-Secretary for India whether it is the policy of the Governor-General in Council, as the representative of a Christian Power, to make proper provision for the due exercise of the religions professed by the troops of the British Army stationed in India; if so, whether any distinction can be drawn between providing for such exercise and providing for pay and allowances, barracks and hospitals, and the other requisites of an army; whether there is any intention of departing from the policy hitherto adopted in this behalf; and, if so, whether the results upon the peoples of India, who are devoted to their own religions, of a policy of indifference or atheism on the part of their rulers will be considered before effect is given to it?


The duty of 'providing for the religious needs of British troops in India has always been recognised by Government. No change is in contemplation.