HC Deb 06 February 1941 vol 368 c1055
14. Mr. Cary

asked the Secretary of State for India whether he has come to any decision on the publication of the recommendations of the Delhi Conference?

The Secretary of State for India (Mr. Amery)

The Eastern Group Conference recommended the immediate consideration of: (i) the establishment in India of a Central Provision Office to coordinate military requirements within the area concerned; and (ii) the appointment of a new body to be called the Eastern Group Supply Council to co-ordinate the production and supply of munitions and stores to meet these requirements. These recommendations have been accepted by the Governments concerned, and His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom have appointed Sir Archibald Carter, lately Permanent Secretary to the Board of Admiralty, to be their representative and Chairman of the Council, and Major-General W. C. Holden to be the officer in charge of the Central Provision Office. Sir Archibald Carter and Major-General Holden are taking up their appointments immediately. Further recommendations for making the fullest possible use of the productive capacity of the various countries are being actively followed up.