HC Deb 21 May 1935 vol 302 c1043

8.16 p.m.


I beg to move, in page 172, line 12, to leave out "British."

There are three other Amendments in the name of my right hon. Friend to this Clause and they are practically altogether concerned with matters of drafting. The Amendment which I now propose is to leave out the word "British" as being superfluous. The Clause provides that no subject of His Majesty domiciled in India shall on grounds of race, religion, etc., be ineligible for Office under the Crown in British India. It will now read "in India." There are two Amendments designed to bring this Clause into general accord with Clause 111 which deals with discrimination against British subjects domiciled in the United Kingdom. The remaining Amendment is purely a matter of drafting. At the end of Sub-section (2, a) of the Clause as drafted are the words, "any person not belonging to some such class." These words were criticised, I think, by the hon. and learned Gentleman the Member for East Bristol (Sir S. Cripps), as being a little colloquial and we are trying to meet his views as to more dignified language by proposing to leave out the word "some," and insert the word "any."

Amendment agreed to.

Further Amendments made: In page 172, line 13, after "from," insert "acquiring, holding or disposing of property or."

In line 13, after "any," insert "occupation."

In line 23, leave out "some," and insert "any."—[The Attorney-General.]