HC Deb 30 January 1941 vol 368 cc668-9
22. Sir George Schuster

asked the Secretary of State for India whether, in view of the great expansion in Indian manufacturing industry which is likely to take place during the war and of the desirability of ensuring a location of industries in India which will, as far as possible, avoid the creation of unwieldy urban concentrations and permit of industrial workers continuing to live in rural areas, he will request the Government of India and the Provincial Governments in India to give special attention to the location of new factories in consultation with unofficial Indian representatives.

Mr. Amery

I will gladly ask the authorities in India to give such attention as may be possible in the circumstances to my hon. Friend's important suggestion.

Sir Stanley Reed

May I ask my right hon. Friend if he is aware that the rapid diffusion of electrical energy in Madras and Western India does present a magnificent opportunity for the diffusion of these new industries, thereby avoiding the danger of crowding populations in urban areas under sub-tropical conditions?

Mr. Amery

Yes, Sir.

Mr. Cary

When are the recommendations of the Delhi Conference to be published?

Mr. Amery

I must consider that.