HC Deb 07 June 1921 vol 142 c1663
7. Sir C. YATE

asked the Secretary of State for India whether, considering that only 23,000 men have been voluntarily attested in the Indian Auxiliary Force out of the total strength of 33,000 attained by the Indian Defence Force, and in view of his statement on 14th July, 1920, that the first necessity was to produce an adequate defence force in India, and, if voluntary methods did not secure it, he would have no hesitation in recommending His Majesty's Government to take compulsory measures, he will now remove the veto he placed on the Bill brought in by the Government of India for the establishment of an Indian Defence Force and permit the Government of India to proceed with the measure which they considered necessary?


I will inquire whether the Government of India recommend any change in the method of recruiting for the Auxiliary Force.