26. Mr. Astor
asked the Secretary of State for India whether the offer of the present Minister of Aircraft Production took full notice of the treaties between the Crown and the Princes of India; whether these treaties remain valid in their integrity; and whether he will undertake that they will not be changed by any constitution-making body without the assent of the parties concerned?
§ The Secretary of State for India (Mr. Amery)
The hon. Member is no doubt 1282 referring to the various Treaties, Engagements and Sanads defining the relations of the Crown with Rulers of Indian States. The interpretation of the original terms of certain of these engagements has, as is well known, been affected over a long period by usage and sufferance; but subject to that qualification the answer to all three parts of his Question is in the affirmative.
§ Mr. Granville
Does that answer indicate that there has been any change in the offer which was made by the late Lord Privy Seal?