HC Deb 13 June 1933 vol 279 cc15-6
29. Mr. MAINWARING (for Mr. JOHN)

asked the Secretary of State for India on what grounds the district magistrate at Allahabad has ordered the keeper of the Minerva Press to deposit security under the Press Act, 1931, for printing the report of the Congress Cawnpore Riot Inquiry Committee; whether he is aware that this inquiry committee examined 300 witnesses belonging to all communities, including Christian and European, and has prepared and printed a report extending to 600 pages at a cost of about Its. 7,000, and that the Government knew of the preparation of this report and made no objections; and if he will cause a full inquiry to be made into the matter?


Security was demanded because in the opinion of the local government the report contained not only statements and allegations tending to bring the Government into hatred and contempt, but also matter, such as detailed descriptions of the riots of over two years ago, likely to re-awaken bitter memories and to promote feelings of animosity between communities. The action of the United Provinces Government has my full approval and my right hon. Friend is not prepared to direct that any inquiry should be held. The Minerva Press has the right of appeal to the High Court if it desires to exercise it.


Will such papers as may be available to the India Office be placed in the Library for the use of Members?


I will make inquiries on that point.