Official Entertainments and Ceremonies.

Oral Answers to Questions — India. – in the House of Commons on 19th March 1942.

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Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

asked the Secretary of State for India whether he will express to the Viceroy and Government in India, in the interests of an intensification of the war effort, the view of His Majesty's Government that all official and other unnecessary entertainments, ceremonies and incidental expenditure should cease?

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

The Government of India are fully alive to the desirability in present circumstances of restricting expenditure that does not contribute to the war effort and have issued instructions enjoining strict economy in all such expenditure.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

Will the right hon. Gentleman make inquiries to ascertain whether there has been, and if so why, a whole stream of unnecessary expenses in the last 12 months, expenses that might well have been avoided if there had been the slightest appreciation of what the position must inevitably be by now, and will he take steps to ensure that some consideration is given to the matter by those who are responsible?

Photo of Mr James Milner Mr James Milner , Leeds South East

Is it not a fact that the Viceroy himself has incurred considerable expenditure in that direction by having his own car brought from Delhi, a distance of many hundreds of miles, for one appearance and ought he not to set a better example?

Photo of Mr James Milner Mr James Milner , Leeds South East

Will the right hon. Gentleman let me know whether that is a fact or not?