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