HC Deb 12 November 1917 vol 99 cc7-8
14. Mr. FELL

asked the Secretary of State for India if his attention has been called to the disorderly mobs which assemble outside the principal clubs and public buildings in Madras and other cities in India without any interruption by the authorities and police; and if the Government have ascertained the source of the funds used to support the agitation, which has for its object the weakening of the Government and of British rule?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Mr. Herbert Fisher)

The information at my disposal does not bear out the suggestion that the cities of India are disturbed by disorderly mobs, though in connection with the recent Mohurram celebrations there have been isolated Instances of riots in the rural districts. As regards the second part of the hon. Member's question, I fear that I am unable to enlighten him.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that these assemblages in front of clubs in Madras have been described in accounts in the Press?


I am not aware.


If more strength is not shown by the Government in India, is it not likely to lead to trouble in future?