Civil Service (Lee Commission).

Oral Answers to Questions — India. – in the House of Commons on 16th June 1924.

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Photo of Mr John Simpson Mr John Simpson , Taunton

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asked the Under-Secretary whether the Government is taking any and, if so, what steps to carry out the recommendations contained in the Lee Commission Report; whether these recommendations require consideration by the Indian Legislature before the issue of Orders; and whether the Government of India will be instructed to introduce the financial reforms recommended at the earliest possible date?

Photo of Mr Robert Richards Mr Robert Richards , Wrexham

No final orders will be passed until the Report has been discussed by the Indian Legislature in its September Session, but the necessary preliminary work is meanwhile being pressed on with all possible speed both here and in India. As regards the last part of the question, I have already stated, and the Government of India have stated in their Legislature, that any financial relief ultimately sanctioned will have effect from 1st April, 1924.

Photo of Sir Henry Craik Sir Henry Craik , Combined Scottish Universities

Is it not the case that the Secretary of State has power, independently of the Legislative Council, to carry out the scheme proposed by the Commission?

Photo of Mr Robert Richards Mr Robert Richards , Wrexham

I believe that is so.