HC Deb 25 March 1920 vol 127 cc635-6W

asked the Secretary of State for India if he can give an idea as to the progress that has been made in drafting the rules under the Government of India Act; and whether Lord Sinha, Mr. Basu, and Mr. Charles Roberts, late Chairman of the Rules Committee at the India Office, are in any way assisting in the framing of these rules in India?


I understand that satisfactory progress is being made, that the Government of India are in constant consultation with a committee of non-official advisers, and that Local Governments are proceeding on the same lines. The hon. Member is no doubt aware that the Government of India published in January for criticism their provisional proposals for the composition of electorates for the Indian Legislature, and I know that the results of this are now-being embodied in rules. If, as, I hope, the Joint Select Committee is shortly re-appointed, I will at once inform them of progress in detail so far as I am able to do so. I have no doubt that the Government of India are making use of the opportunity afforded by the presence in India of the three gentlemen named to consult them as far as is possible.