HC Deb 29 June 1936 vol 314 cc4-5

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he is aware that under the Indian penal code and other laws or administrative rules in India proceedings may be taken against a newspaper in regard to publication of speeches made in the legislatures; and whether steps will be taken to amend the law so as to bring the right of the Press to report proceedings of the Indian Legislature into line with British practice in regard to the proceedings of this House?


Under Sections 67 (7) and 72D (7) of the Government of India Act no person is liable to proceedings in any court by reason of anything contained in any official report of the proceedings of a legislative chamber in India. These provisions are continued in the Government of India Act, 1935. No steps to amend the law in this respect are considered necessary by my Noble Friend.