Oral Answers to Questions — India (Political Situation).

– in the House of Commons on 17th July 1941.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

asked the Secretary of State for India how many persons were detained, under arrest, charged, being tried and undergoing sentence for political offences in India on 30th June; and approximately how many of these were ex-ministers, members of provincial legislatures, members of local authorities, women, students and persons of academic importance?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery , Birmingham Sparkbrook

I will ask the Government of India for the desired information, and will communicate it to the hon. Member.

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

Has the right hon. Gentleman's attention been drawn to an article in the "Hindu" which states that there are 20,000 political prisoners in India at the present time?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery , Birmingham Sparkbrook

No, Sir; I have not seen the article.

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

asked the Secretary of State for India whether he has any further statement to make on the political situation in India, in view of the growing public concern for an imaginative and drastic attempt to end the present political deadlock?

Photo of Mr James Milner Mr James Milner , Leeds South East

asked the Secretary of State for India whether any steps are in progress for solving or modifying the present deadlock in India; and will he give particulars?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery , Birmingham Sparkbrook

I would refer the hon. Members to the reply which I gave to the Question of the hon. Member for West Leyton (Mr. Sorensen) on 10th July and to which I have nothing to add.

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

Seeing that certain statements have been made in the Press recently, is the House not to have a statement in the very near future regarding possible future political developments?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery , Birmingham Sparkbrook

Any statement would be made to the House, and not to the Press.

Photo of Major-General Sir Alfred Knox Major-General Sir Alfred Knox , Wycombe

Is not the growing public concern referred to in the original Question solely confined to the private imagination of the hon. Member for West Leyton (Mr. Sorensen)?