Oral Answers to Questions — India (Political Situation).

– in the House of Commons on 6th August 1942.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

asked the Secretary of State for India whether his attention has been drawn to the announcement by Mr. Patel that the Indian National Congress did not seek power for itself but would be satisfied if India was handed over to the Moslem League or any other party: whether, in view of the political significance of this, he will seek an official amplification of it from the Congress; and whether this in any way affects the attitude of His Majesty's Government?

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

It is not easy to reconcile the various utterances of individual representatives of the Congress Party. The conclusions of the forthcoming meeting of the All-India Congress Committee will no doubt define the official policy of the party.

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

If this statement is accurate, does it not indicate that the alleged hostility of Congress and Moslems alike is not so severe and great as is sometimes assumed?

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

Is not the need in India to show that we have a Government?