HC Deb 19 March 1928 vol 215 cc2-3

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India the total population of India.; how many of these have a vote in the Legislative Assembly; what were the numbers who actually voted at the election of the existing Assembly; and whether he can state what proportion of such votes were cast by persons resident in the towns and what by persons resident in the country districts?


The total population of British India was returned at the Census of 1921 as just over 247 millions. If my hon. Friend will study the Indian Electoral Return presented last year (Cmd. 2923) he will find the answers to the rest of his question so far as figures are available


Is it not a fact that the number of persons who voted in the election for the return of the existing Legislative Assembly is a mere fraction of the vast number of 247,000,000, and, in these circumstances, how can the existing Assembly be considered adequately to represent the millions of India?