§ 69. Mr. TOUCHE
asked the Secretary of State for India if he is aware that the rate of travelling allowance for officers in the Indian political service has been reduced and that the reduced rate has been made retrospective for six months, with the result that officers have been called upon to refund considerable sums; and as, having regard to the cuts in pay of these officers, this has caused hardship to many of them, will he take steps to ensure that the retrospective part of the order is not enforced?
§ The SECRETARY of STATE for INDIA (Sir Samuel Hoare)
It is within the competence of the Government of India to fix rates of travelling allowance for officers serving in India. I have no information as to the reduction in the rates for officers of the Indian Political Department referred to by my hon. Friend, but I am making inquiry and will inform him of the result.