HC Deb 24 April 1939 vol 346 c756
2. Mr. Day

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India the number of persons killed and/or injured, respectively, in communal riots in the various provinces of British India during the 12 months ended the last convenient date?

Lieut.-Colone Muirhead

Detailed figures could only be obtained by inquiry from the Provincial Governments, and my Noble Friend is not aware of any present circumstance that would justify him in addressing to those Governments a general inquiry of this kind on a matter of law and order for which they are responsible under the Government of India Act. In this connection I would refer the hon. Member to the Prime Minister's reply to the right hon. Member for Epping (Mr. Churchill) on 17th June, 1937.

Mr. Day

Has any figure been supplied of the number of British Europeans?

Lieut.-Colonel Muirhead

I do not think we have those figures.