Non-Defence Expenditure.

Oral Answers to Questions — India. – in the House of Commons on 22nd January 1942.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

asked the Secretary of State for India why the special railway siding at Quetta was constructed recently; whether he is satisfied that this was necessary in view of present conditions; and whether any action is being taken to curtail expenditure on social and Government functions in India with a view to an example being given respecting private expenditure?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery , Birmingham Sparkbrook

I am informed that no special railway siding has been constructed at Quetta recently. Instructions have been issued by the Government of India enjoining strict economy in all non-defence expenditure. These instructions apply to social and ceremonial expenditure.

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

Does the right hon. Gentleman appreciate that there is an impression in certain quarters that expenditure on social and Government functions in India goes on much the same now as before the war, and will he consider the evidence concerning the railway siding at Quetta?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery , Birmingham Sparkbrook

There are wrong impressions in many quarters. I should be prepared to receive any information with regard to the siding at Quetta.