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Oral Answers to Questions — India. – in the House of Commons on 21st January 1924.

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Photo of Mr John Simpson Mr John Simpson , Taunton

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for India (1) whether, in view of the urgent importance of the matter to the Indian services, he has instructed the Government of India to exercise despatch in dealing with the Report of the Royal Commission on the Indian Public Services; and whether arrangements have been made for similar expedition in the India Office;

(2) whether the Royal Commission on the Indian Public Services has been instructed to submit its Report in sections; and, if so, when the first section will be received in England?

Photo of Viscount  Turnour Viscount Turnour , Horsham and Worthing

It will be for the Royal Commission to determine in what form and when it will make its recommendations. At the same time, I can assure the hon. Member that the need for expedition in dealing with the Report of the Royal Commission has been recognised to the full in all communications which have passed between the Government of India and the India Office, both before and after the Commission was appointed, and that as far as my Noble Friend has been able to insure, any action conducive to that end will be taken both here and in India.

Photo of Mr John Simpson Mr John Simpson , Taunton

Can the Noble Lord say when the inquiry is likely to be completed?

Photo of Viscount  Turnour Viscount Turnour , Horsham and Worthing

No, Sir; it is impossible to give even an approximate date.