asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether the action of the Viceroy, in overruling the Indian Assembly in the matter of the Bill for the protection of native princes, will be brought before this House by laying Papers upon the Table: and, if so, will this House have an opportunity to record its opinion on the subject?
The text of the Indian States (Protection against Disaffection) Act, together with full explanatory papers, was laid before both Houses of Parliament in pursuance of the Statute on the first available opportunity last week, and the papers were distributed on Saturday. The Statute requires that the further action required to give validity to the Act shall not be taken until eight days, on which both Houses have sat, have expired. It is open to any hon. Member to table a Motion recommending that His Majesty in Council should be advised to withhold His assent to the Act.