HC Deb 22 February 1932 vol 262 cc12-3

asked the Secretary of State for India if he will give particulars showing how many Indian soldiers are being employed by the Government in Burma in the suppression of the disturbances; and whether, in view of the protests in Burma against the use of Indian troops against the Burmans, and the undesirability of increasing the existing anti-Indian feeling in Burma, he will consider the possibility of withdrawing Indian troops from the disturbed areas?


In the normal garrison of Burma there are 1,926 Indian other ranks. The additional battalions sent from Indian last year to assist in the suppression of the rebellion contained 3,640 Indian other ranks. I am unable to state how many of these are at present engaged in operations against the gangs of rebels and dacoits still at large, but I understand that a programme for the withdrawal of the additional troops has been drawn up. I am not aware that responsible opinion has taken exception to their use in the suppression of a rebellion which has caused not only great material damage to Burma but also considerable loss of life among law-abiding citizens.


May we conclude that the position has improved under the regime of the right hon. Gentleman?


I would rather let facts speak for themselves. I am circulating a statement in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

5. Mr. JONES

asked the Secretary of State for India as to the present situation in regard to the disturbances in Burma?


I am circulating a statement for the week ending the 20th February.

Following is the statement:

The situation is generally satisfactory. Shan Byu, the main organiser of the recent attempted rising in the Zigon subdivision, has been captured, and one of his principal supporters has surrendered. No casualties among Government forces have been reported. Seventeen under trial prisoners were released during the week and 383 are reported as still in custody, but some returns have not yet been received. The price of paddy continues to rise and is now about 100. Satisfactory progress continues to be made in the collection of taxes.