§ 9. Mr. DOUGLAS HACKING
asked the Secretary of State for India whether he has yet received a report from the Government of India regarding the action taken to prohibit the circulation by Congress agents of letters of covenant demanding that merchants shall cease to deal in foreign piece goods?
§ Mr. HACKING
Do I understand that Congress has been guilty of a breach of the Irwin-Gandhi agreement?
§ 10. Mr. HACKING
asked the Secretary of State for India whether he has yet received the report from the Government of India regarding the resolution recently passed by the working committee of Congress insisting upon complete prohibition both of the sale of existing stocks and of the importation of any further stocks of foreign cloth; and, if so, what action he proposes to take?
§ Mr. BENN
Yes, Sir. As a result of the investigation which I mentioned in replying to similar questions on 22nd June the Government of India have satisfied themselves that the intention of the working committee in adopting this resolution was, firstly, to stop the grant by subordinate Congress organisations of positive permission to deal in foreign cloth contrary to the declared Congress policy; and secondly, to take disciplinary action against the individual members of Congress or Congress organisations who offended against Congress policy in this connection. The Government of India are satisfied that it was not the intention to suggest that consumers and sellers generally were not free to exercise their option to deal or not to deal in foreign cloth.