Why was the Welby Commission Appointed?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: November 9th, 2023

The British Government established the Welby Commission in the year 1895 to investigate waste expenditure in India. It was established under the official name of the Royal Commission on Expenditure Administration of India. The main objective of the commission was to find out the income and expenditure of the nation.

Appointment of  Welby Commission

The members of the commission were:

  • Lord Chaman, T.R. Buchanan, and Lord Welby as representatives of Parliament.
  • William Wedderburn, William S. Caine, and Dadabhai Naoroji as the representatives of Indian interests.

Dinsha Wacha and GK Gokhale were deposed before the commission in 1897. The Commission’s final report was published in 1900, and it relied on the House of Commons to provide neutrality in financial arrangements.

Arrangements in the Welby Commission

Some of the arrangements made by the Welby Commission were as follows:

  • The costs of English were not to be cut at the expense of Indian earnings.
  • India, as a member of the British Empire, should have been prepared to assist.
  • Charges impacting India should be discussed with the India Office, and India’s payments to England should be linked to a permanent exchange mission in pre-independence India.


Why was the Welby Commission Appointed?

In 1895, the British government set up the Welby Commission to investigate wasteful spending in India. Dadabhai Naoroji was the Welby Commission’s first Indian member. Some of the other prominent members of the Commission were Lord Chaman, T.R. Buchanan, William Wedderburn, William S. Caine, and Lord Welby.

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