§ Mr. F. C. MACKARNESS
, in accordance with private notice of Motion, asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether the Secretary of State has received any official information that the Lieutenant-Governor of Bengal made a speech yesterday in the Bengal Council to the effect that there had been enough denunciation of outrages, that the time had come for more than talk, and that the education authorities, parents and students, must actively co-operate with the Government, but that, if they failed to do so, a solution would come which would not be peaceful or painless, nor would there be room then for discriminating between the innocent and the guilty; and, if so, could he state what were the grounds for such a speech, and whether any further repressive measures are contemplated by the Government of Bengal?
The UNDER-SECRETARY for INDIA (The Master of Elibank)
The Secretary of State has received no official report of the speech to which the hon. Member refers, and he is not aware of the special circumstances in which it was delivered. He has received no proposal for repressive measures from the Government of Bengal.
§ Mr. MACKARNESS
If I repeat the question to-morrow will the hon. Gentleman be in a position to give me fuller information?
The MASTER of ELIBANK
I think the Indian Government would naturally have reported if any exceptional measures were in view.