§ MR. MACLEAN (Cardiff)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India what answer has been returned by the Viceroy to the intimation that a grant from the Imperial Treasury in aid of famine relief is at his service, if he requires it.
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA (Lord G. HAMILTON,) Middlesex, Baling
No communication of the character suggested has been made to the Viceroy. He has been informed, as I have before stated, that if an emergency should arise which the funds and resources of the Indian Government are insufficient to meet he could rely upon receiving aid from the Imperial Exchequer. Since then no communication on the subject has been received from him, and the intimation was not of such a nature as to require a reply. But the possibility of such aid will not be lost sight of in considering the anticipated expenditure and the ways and means necessary to defray it.