§ 6. Mr. MAXTON
asked the Secretary of State for India whether he is aware that a number of political prisoners have been on hunger strike since 15th February in the Alipore Central Gaol, Calcutta; whether he will state the number of prisoners on hunger strike, the offence with which these prisoners have been charged, and the nature of the demands which they have put forward; and whether he will inform the House as to their present physical condition?
§ Sir S. HOARE
I have already asked the Government of India for a report, and will communicate with the hon. Member directly I receive it.
§ Mr. LIDDALL
Will the right hon. Gentleman inform the House whether this hunger strike is voluntary, and, if so, what responsibility can be attached to the Government of India or to His Majesty's Government for the physical condition of the strikers?