asked the Secretary of State for India whether the promised statement of His Majesty's Government is likely to be made in the near future; and whether, in view both of the unfortunate effect of Japanese propaganda in some parts of the Far East and of the beneficial effect of the consistent opposition of Jawaharlal Nehru and the Indian Nationalist Movement to Japanese aggression and ambitions, it is intended fully to utilise the latter fact to counteract any effect of Japanese propaganda?
I am not in a position to make any fresh statement on the Indian political situation. As regards the latter part of the Question, His Majesty's Government naturally appreciate and will give full publicity to the anti-Japanese sentiments of Indian political leaders, and will welcome their active co-operation in resistance to Japanese or other enemy aggression.
Does the right hon. Gentleman realise the importance, in view of the present trend of military events in the Far East, of enlisting the active support of the masses of the Indian population on our side, and does he realise that that could most effectively be done by giving them a free country to fight for?