Orders of the Day — Government of India Bill.

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 3rd July 1919.

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unrepresentative of the two Houses and of the feeling in the two Houses. There are two Liberals, one Labour representative, and five Conservatives. Looked at from that point of view it cannot be said that any influence that I have had to bring to bear has been weighted in favour of my own party. Looked at from the standpoint of the views of the House on Indian affairs I do not think it can be said that they are not represented proportionately. May I add for my hon. and gallant Friend's satisfaction that there is in this country to-day probably the most eminent of all the five local governors, Sir Michael O'Dwyer. He has come home opportunely at the conclusion of his term of office, and I can assure my hon. and gallant Friend that as the local Governments are not represented in either House except by the Secretary of State, and as the local Governments are not represented on the Committee any more than the Government of India, care will be taken that their views are represented before the Committee. The Government of India is not in agreement. It has suggested modifications from which with great respect I and my advisers have differed. The local Governments, if they had been asked, could not have suggested a better witness from their point of view than Sir Michael O'Dwyer.