Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
Our request for written memoranda met with a liberal response. In all 490 such memoranda were submitted. These represent an immense amount of thought and labour on the part of all concerned and in many cases a large amount of expense, generously borne. Governments, associations of employers and employed, officials and other experts and private individuals have all endeavored to furnish for our assistance the results of their experience in the best form available. The oral evidence, to which 837 persons contributed by appearing before us, has been supplied with equal generosity, and a number of witnesses— placed vs further in their debt by furnishing supplementary statements at a later date. In some cases we have to comment on lack of information which we would have liked to obtain but this lack is due almost entirely to such information not being available in any form, and not to any reluctance to give it to us. We are conscious that exigencies of time and space have prevented us from making the fullest use of all the material supplied. But, whatever the value of our Report the volumes of evidence which accompany it constitute a source which, for years to come, should yield a wealth of information, not available elsewhere, for the study of labour questions.
No trouble was spared by all concerned to facilitate our enquiries, and to assist us in our tours. We would acknowledge especially the generous hospitality with which we were everywhere received, and the facilities and ready help given to us in our inspections. Oar thanks are also due to the Secretary of State for the Colonies, the Ceylon Government, the the Ceylon Association in London and the Planters' Association of Ceylon for their valuable help: and to the Director of the International Labour Office, who placed the resources of that office at our disposal, and readily responded to our requests for information. We would thank all responsible for the accommodation freely placed at our disposal for our work in India, and the High Commissioner for India, who permitted us to use the new India House for our meetings in London.