Political Situation (Negotiations).

Oral Answers to Questions — India. – in the House of Commons on 11th June 1942.

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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 respecting the political situation in India; and whether recent events preclude His Majesty's Government from initiating the reopening of negotiations on the constitutional issue or on interim proposals respecting the government of India?

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

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply which I gave to the hon. Member for West Fife (Mr. Gallacher) on 9th June.

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

Are we to think, therefore, that the Government are not prepared to assist negotiations unless the move first comes from the Indian side?

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

Both the Lord Privy Seal and myself made it clear that the Government would give careful consideration to any proposals submitted in agreement by leaders of Indian public opinion.

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

Should they not stop political propaganda for a time and give the Indian Fighting Force3 a chance?

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

Are we likely to take the initiative in this matter?

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

No, Sir, we have taken the initiative.