said, he wished to ask the Under Secretary of State for India, Whether an examination of candidates for the medical service in India will take place in the spring of 1871, as it is understood an examination will not take place in the present Autumn; and, whether any Copies of the Financial Statistics of India from the end of the last century, and published by the Governor of India, could be made available to those Members of the House of Commons who take an interest in the finances of India on application for Copies at the India Office?
In reply, Sir, to my hon. and gallant Friend I regret to say that I am unable to answer his! first Question. It is quite possible that there may not be an examination next spring, as it is understood that the medical service is rather overmanned at present. We have, however, written to India asking for precise information as to immediate requirements, and I can state nothing definite till we have an answer. In reply to his second Question, I regret to say that no copies of the documents to which he alludes have up to this time reached the India Office.