HC Deb 07 August 1924 vol 176 c3103
36. Sir C. YATE

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India, if his attention has been called to the note submitted by the Moslem members of the Legislative Assembly and the Council of State to the member in charge of the Home Department of the Government of India, pointing out that only some 5 per cent. of the total Government appointments held by Indians are Moslems, and that such disparity cannot but foster discontent; and if he can state what steps the Government of India are taking to give Moslems a proportionate share in Government employment in the various departments?


I have just been furnished with a copy of the note to which the hon. and gallant Member refers. The general policy of the Government of India, is, I believe, to secure, wherever it may be possible, that a service is not overweighted with any one class of recruit. But it is obvious that steps to this end can be taken only in services which are -recruited wholly or partly by nomination.


Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the Nationalists in Northern Ireland are in a worse position in this respect that the Moslems of India?