Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
The Council will probably find it necessary to set up a small committee for the administration of matters of importance relating to its work while it is not in session.
A committee, including the President for the year and two or three other members, could meet two or three times during the year, if necessary, and would also be available for consultation by correspondence. The main responsibility for the heavy task of preparing the material for each session must rest on the chief executive officer and his staff; but the general supervision of an executive committee would be valuable in securing that the material is prepared in a form acceptable to the Conference, in controlling expenditure and in making arrangements for the sessions. If the future constitution of India makes it at all possible, it would be most desirable that the expenses of the Council should come from central revenues. Otherwise, they must be met by provincial contributions. In the former case, the Central Government and Legislature should control the budget. In the latter case it will probably be necessary to arrange for fixed allotments, e.g., for five years, and this might be settled by representatives of the provincial Governments, after consultation with the Executive Committee or the Council. But the same problem may arise in connection with other co-ordinating authorities, and some other solution may be found more suitable. We do not propose to discuss the procedure of the Council in detail; this must, to some extent, be guided by its evolution and we suggest that it might be left, in part, for regulation by the Council itself. But we invite attention to a study of the methods adopted by the International Labour Conference as giving useful suggestions for the procedure in the early years. A Council constituted as we have suggested would naturally be brought into close contact with the International Labour Organisation. It would obviously be well qualified to advise on the Draft Conventions and Recommendations adopted by the International Labour .Conference. There should be little difficulty in establishing a convention whereby the Central Legislature referred the decisions of this Conference to the Council which in turn would forward its conclusions to the Legislature.