Mr John Simpson: I have not the whole of the information here, but I believe the Europeans pay about one-third.
Mr John Simpson: I should like to know from the Minister in regard to Item J.2 which states that there is to be a saving of £25,000, whether he will tell us in what way the £25,000 will be saved.
Mr John Simpson: 12. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that gut imported into this country which is admittedly used for the purpose of stringing tennis racquets is not chargeable with duty under Section 12 of the Finance (No. 2) Act, 1915, when used for that purpose, whereas the same gut is dutiable under that. Section if the importer declares that it is to be used for the...
Mr John Simpson: Is the criterion whether an article is dutiable decided by the use to which it is about to be put?
Mr John Simpson: Is the gut kept at the port until the hon. Gentleman finds out for what it is to be used?
Mr John Simpson: 45. asked the Prime Minister whether it is the intention to make a statement on Indian affairs in this House concurrently with the statement which it is understood will be made by the Secretary of State for India in another place?
Mr John Simpson: Will the right hon. Gentleman permit the House to discuss this question before any orders are issued by the India Office to India?
Mr John Simpson: I am sorry to press this matter, but would the right hon. Gentleman agree that, if there is a question of a re-examination of the Act of 1919, orders on that point shall not be issued before discussion?
Mr John Simpson: (by Private Notice) asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been drawn to the engagement between Akali Sikhs and troops of the Nabha State in the Punjab, which occurred on Friday last, and in which 14 Sikhs were killed and 34 wounded; whether it is true that Dr. Kichlu has been arrested in connection with this outbreak; and whether in view of its grave character the Prime Minister...
Mr John Simpson: Was the officer in command of the troops a British or a native officer, and were the troops Imperial Service or native troops?
Mr John Simpson: In their attempts to find the sources of infection and the methods of transmission of infection, the officials of the Ministry seem to have overlooked one very important possible source of infection—namely, hired sacks. These hired sacks go all over the country. They are carried about in farm carts, they are liable to infection, and when their use on a particular farm is finished they go...
Mr John Simpson: My point was that hired sacks are a special case, as they differ from other articles in that respect.
Mr John Simpson: I rise to call attention to one of the items on which we are asked to vote money, namely, on page 12, the item LL, "refund to Indian Revenues in respect, of diplomatic and consular services in China, Persia, Arabia and Siam." As a matter of fact, this Supplementary Estimate is required in respect of the consular guards in Persia, and I desire for a few moments to draw attention to the history...
Mr John Simpson: The hon. Member said there were 22 consulates, and the total is £350,000.
Mr John Simpson: [HON. MEMBERS: "Order!"] I have a right to discuss this matter when we are asked to give £3,500,000 to a country that has already cost us £3,000,000 and in the administration of that £3,000,000 I see matter for very grave complaint. In view of that fact and the fact that I cannot obtain from the Colonial Secretary replies to questions that I have asked, I am entitled to ask these questions...
Mr John Simpson: 7. asked the Under-Secretary of State for India how many Moplah prisoners have been transported to the Andaman Islands, and are now detained there; whether they are treated as ordinary criminals; and whe5her any Moplah women and children are resident in the penal settlement?
Mr John Simpson: What has happened since July last?
Mr John Simpson: Will the hon. Gentleman get particulars and bring the information up to date?
Mr John Simpson: 8. asked the Under-Secretary of State for India when the First Report of the Public Services Commission on India is likely to be published?
Mr John Simpson: Is the Commission inquiring into the covenanted service as well as the uncovenanted service?