HC Deb 14 April 1920 vol 127 c1648
2. Colonel WEDGWOOD

asked the Secretary of State for India if he has received any intimation that a representative provincial conference held early this month at Jullundur, in the Punjab, protested against what it considered to be an attempt to deprive the Punjabis of the opportunity of getting the utmost out of the Government of India Act by so framing rules under that Act as to keep the Punjab Legislative Council small, pack it with landed aristocracy and other conservative elements, and otherwise keep, as far as possible, educated Punjabis out of that Council; and whether he would give an assurance that consideration of the Punjab rules will be postponed until detailed representation of the conference's wishes is received in England?


I have seen a telegram, the general purport of which, though less specific, is of the kind indicated in the question. If the complaints are well-founded, I have no doubt that the Government of India and their non-official Adivisory Committee (on which the Punjab is represented) will pay due attention to them in considering the draft rules, which will eventually come before Parliament.