HC Deb 20 February 1941 vol 369 cc283-4
35. Major-General Sir Alfred Knox

asked the Secretary of State for India the number of recruits to the Indian Army who have volunteered from each province since the beginning of the war?

The Secretary of State for India (Mr. Amery)

I have now received from the Government of India the figures up to the end of September, 1940, which have been published in India, and will, with my hon. and gallant Friend's permission, circulate them. Since that date it has been decided not to publish any further figures.

Sir A. Knox

Do not the figures show the outstanding loyalty and patriotism of the population of the Punjab?

Mr. Amery

They do show the remarkable willingness of the population of the Punjab to come forward and serve.

Mr. Thorne

Is not that a good reason why you should give them self-government?

Mr. Amery

The Punjab has self-government.

Following are the figures:
North-West Frontier Province 5,506
Punjab 48,036
United Provinces 12,227
Delhi 406
Madras 9,898
Bombay 7,656
Bihar 710
Central Provinces and Berar 899
Bengal 113
Sind 137
Coorg 42
Assam 1
Baluchistan 8