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India—Ecclesiastical Appointments—Question

Volume 221: debated on Thursday 23 July 1874

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asked the Under Secretary of State for India, "Whether Her Majesty's Government has yet decided upon the general principle by which ecclesiastical appointments in India are to be regulated; and, if so, whether he will communicate the decision of the Government to the House?

No question of principle in connection with ecclesiastical appointments in India has been raised. The Government of India had under consideration the principle which in future should regulate the expenditure incurred on behalf of ecclesiastical establishments in India, and they directed certain inquiries to be made in order to obtain additional information upon this point. In the last Despatch we received last year we were informed that the inquiry was still incomplete.