Defence Committee and General Staff (Representation).

Oral Answers to Questions — India. – in the House of Commons on 12th February 1942.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore , Ayr District of Burghs

asked the Secretary of State for India what are the names, ranks and qualifications of the Indian representatives on the Defence Committee and General Staff?

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

The organisation of the Defence Committee is flexible, Ministers and their advisers being invited to attend as necessary. Accordingly, the Secretary of State for India, accompanied by the Military Secretary of the India Office (who is a Major-General in the Indian Army), attends the Committee whenever matters affecting Indian interests are under discussion. The Indian Army is represented both in the General Staff of the War Office and in the military side of the War Cabinet Secretariat.

Photo of Sir Percy Harris Sir Percy Harris , Bethnal Green South West

Will the right hon. Gentleman make it clear that the Indian representative will have equal status with the Dominion representative?