HC Deb 19 May 1924 vol 173 cc1801-2
4. Sir C. YATE

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether his attention has been called to the reports in the Indian Press of the recent riot at Cawnpore when an order was given to the police to fire by an Indian magistrate; and if he can state what steps are being taken by the Government of India to protect these magistrates in the performance of their duty to the public from the attacks made upon them by extremist journals and non-official manifestoes?


I have seen a paragraph on the subject in an English paper published in India. Flagrant cases of sedition and slander are constantly dealt with and effective action can be, and is, taken against the authors. Whether in any particular instance such action is practicable and desirable can best be judged by the authorities immediately concerned. I have no reason to suppose that they neglect this duty.


Can the hon. Gentleman give me any instance where this action has been taken?


asked the Under-Secretary of State for India if he can give any information to the House as to the continuance, or otherwise, of Russian Bolshevik propaganda in India?


The Secretary of State has no evidence of any change in the situation in respect of Bolshevik propaganda.


Is the hon. Gentleman aware of the tremendous amount of money that is being used by the other side in trying to down the principles of Socialism in this country?