HC Deb 27 November 1941 vol 376 cc879-80
42. Sir A. Knox

asked the Secretary of State for India whether he has any information of the present whereabouts of Subhas Chandra Bose, late leader of the Congress Party?

Mr. Amery

According to a recent statement by the Government of India, leaflets have made their appearance in India which leave no doubt that Subhas Bose has gone over to the enemy. It is reported that he is either in Rome or Berlin, but I have no definite information.

Sir A. Knox

Is it true that Mr. Bose is ex-President of the Congress Party of India?

Mr. Amery

I do not think it would be fair to saddle Congress as a whole with the responsibility. I am not sure whether he was or was not.

Sir A. Knox

Was he not President of Congress?

Mr. Amery

I am not sure that he was ever actually nominated.

Mr. Sorensen

Is it not a fact that Mr. Bose was forcibly expelled from Congress by his colleagues?

Mr. McKinlay

Is he a Socialist?

Mr. Maxton

Is not the information upon which the Secretary of State relies that he is in Berlin or Italy just a little bit vague? There is some distance be- tween the two; is it that he just does not know?

Mr. Mander

Is not the Mufti there with him too?