India (Water Diviner, Bombay).

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons at on 29 March 1928.

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Photo of Mr Benjamin Spoor Mr Benjamin Spoor , Bishop Auckland

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he is aware that the Government of Bombay has on its establishment a water diviner; that this office is held by an English military officer, Major Pogson; that since his first appointment the salary has been voted by the Bombay legislative council until this year, when the Government of India have ordered that his salary should be treated as a non-votable grant, not subject to the vote of the council; and the reasons for this decision?

Photo of Viscount  Turnour Viscount Turnour , Horsham and Worthing

The answer to the first two parts of the question is in the affirmative. As regards the third part, as far as I am aware Major Pogson's pay has from the start been treated as non-votable, and this would be in accordance with established practice in the case of all persons originally appointed to Government service by the Secretary of State or by Commission from the Crown.