§ Mr. HANCOCK
asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he has any information as to reports of grave discontent on the part of the Indian police with their conditions of service; have a number of officers applied for retirement on pension; and, in the case of married Britishers being killed while so serving, what provision is made for bringing the family home and for their future?
§ Earl WINTERTON
The Secretary of State has received a good deal of information as to dissatisfaction in the Indian police with the conditions of service. Up to the present, 72 officers (about 10 per cent, of the European officers) in the police have taken advantage of the offer of retirement on proportionate pensions, made to all the Indian Services, in consequence of the recent administrative changes. If an officer is killed in the performance of any1810W duty involving extraordinary risk, his family is entitled to a pension or gratuity. If he is killed in the performance of ordinary police duties, the Government of India have discretion to award a pension or gratuity to his family. Every case of the kind is, therefore, considered on its particular merits.