HC Deb 19 January 1937 vol 319 cc14-5
24. Mr. D. Grenfell

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he has any statement to make regarding the position of affairs in India?

The Under-Secretary of State for India (Mr. Butler)

The internal situation in India continues to be generally satisfactory. Interest in the country is now centred chiefly on the elections. In Bombay the situation continues to improve. The construction of roads in the Khaisora Valley in Waziristan continues and troops remain in occupation of the area. On 15th January a jirgah of the Tori Khel tribe were interviewed and their attitude was satisfactory. The opposition to the troops is confined to a small number of hostile tribesmen.

Mr. Grenfell

Has the hon. Gentleman any report to give to the House regarding the elections?

Mr. Butler

The elections have only started, and are due to end about the middle of next month. At present, I have nothing to add to the answer already given.

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