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European Government Servants

Volume 155: debated on Tuesday 27 June 1922

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for India what steps he proposes to take to ensure that equality of treatment is given to all services and to all European Government servants in India?

Perhaps the hon. Member would be so good as to indicate in what respects he considers that inequality of treatment exists and should be remedied.

Is there not a difference between the ordinary Civil Service and the Indian Medical Service?

There are and always have been differences, but I am not sure what is the specific difference to which the hon. Gentleman alludes.

Will my Noble Friend consider putting the Indian Medical Service on the same terms of equality with regard to pensions and commutation as members of the ordinary Indian Civil Service?

My hon. Friend is aware that members of the Indian Medical Service are not the only ones affected in that respect. I will consider the whole matter.

Will the Noble Lord consider this matter from the point of view of the absolute difference between white and black in attending on white patients?

That is a very big question and one very difficult to answer at Question Time. I referred to it in my speech the other day. The whole matter, however, is receiving the earnest consideration of my Noble Friend.