European Cemeteries, India and Pakistan

Oral Answers to Questions — Commonwealth Relations – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th July 1955.

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Photo of Mr John Biggs-Davison Mr John Biggs-Davison , Chigwell 12:00 am, 28th July 1955

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations what arrangements have been made with the Governments of India and Pakistan for the upkeep of British graves in those countries which are not cared for by the Imperial War Graves Commission.

Photo of Sir Douglas Dodds-Parker Sir Douglas Dodds-Parker , Banbury

The arrangements for the care of European cemeteries in India and Pakistan formerly maintained by the Government of India were described in detail in reply to a Question by Mr. Symonds, the then Member for Cambridge, on 15th March, 1949, but were later amended in one respect in reply to a Question by the Earl Winterton, the then Member for Horsham, on 12th April, 1951. Otherwise the original arrangements continue in force and I have nothing to add to these replies, of which I am sending copies to my hon. Friend.

Photo of Mr John Biggs-Davison Mr John Biggs-Davison , Chigwell

Whilst thanking my hon. Friend for that reply, and for the efforts which have been made by his Department, with the generous co-operation of the two other Commonwealth Governments, may I express the hope that all concerned will keep a keen interest in this matter so that as many graves as possible can be kept in decency and honour?

Photo of Sir Douglas Dodds-Parker Sir Douglas Dodds-Parker , Banbury

I am sure that all concerned will do their best to co-operate, but as my hon. Friend will see from the replies I have sent to him, this is a fairly large question. There were more than 1,350 cemeteries scattered over the Indian sub-continent.