HC Deb 02 June 1919 vol 116 cc1663-4
35. Colonel YATE

asked the Secretary of State for India whether, considering that although the local governments may have powers to deal with wilful and malicious misrepresentations of the actions and intentions of the Government and its servants and with attacks upon them, this is a duty that should primarily be undertaken by the Government of India itself, he will therefore call the attention of the Government of India to their recent. Resolution promising the fullest assurance of countenance and support to all servants of the Government of India charged with the onerous duty of suppressing excesses and direct them to take the necessary measures to put a stop to the virulence of criticism and misrepresentation that has lately been indulged in in certain portions of the Indian Press?


It is the local governments and not the Government of India that have the requisite legal powers of action. The Secretary of State is not aware that the Government of India have been remiss in giving executive support to local governments in this matter.

Colonel YATE

May I request the hon. Member to ask the Secretary of State to look into this matter as the Government of India seem to have been very remiss?