British Commercial Post-War Interests.

Oral Answers to Questions — India. – in the House of Commons on 30th July 1942.

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

asked the Secretary of State for India whether he will give an assurance that in any post-war arrangement for the future government of India adequate arrangements will be made for the guarantee of British commercial interests?

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

His Majesty's Government made it clear in connection with the recent offer that a guarantee of special protection for British commercial interests in India would not be a condition for the acceptance of whatever Constitution Indians might evolve after the war, and that any such provisions would more appropriately be a matter for negotiation with the future Government of India.

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

Will my right hon. Friend remember that we have hundreds of millions of British capital invested in India?