Political Situation

Oral Answers to Questions — India – in the House of Commons on 1st October 1942.

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Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East

asked the Secretary of State for India whether the statement by Sir Sultan Ahmed, the Law Member of the Council in the Indian Assembly, that a National Government, presented by all the Indian political parties, could not well be resisted by any Government, represents also the policy of the British Government?

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

If the hon. Member would read the whole of the passage in which Sir Sultan Ahmed dealt with a situation, which, unfortunately, does not seem likely to be realised in the immediate future, and the conditions which he stipulated as essential to the formation of an Indian National Government, he will realise that his statement was in accord with the policy repeatedly declared on behalf of His Majesty's Government. In any such National Government that were constituted there would, of course, have to be an ultimate responsibility to Parliament under the existing constitution pending the establishment of an agreed Indian constitution.