§ 26. Mr. Bellenger
asked the Secretary of State for India what instructions have been issued to troops in India and adjacent Commands concerning the method of registering as voters and the appointment of proxies.
As the right hon. Gentleman is not very informative, may I ask him whether he has seen the Army Council Instruction in which it is stated that steps will be taken by overseas 1494 Commands themselves to provide these facilities? I am asking the right hon. Gentleman what facilities are being provided by these oversea Commands, and not for the Army Council Instruction, which I know.
§ Mr. Bellenger
Is not the right hon. Gentleman himself, at the India Office, personally responsible for the Indian Command carrying out those instructions? Has he taken steps to see that they have done so?
§ Mr. Amery
Yes, Sir, there is no doubt that the responsibility of the Indian Command does rest with the Secretary of State, but these instructions were sent out by the military authorities here to the military authorities in India, and, presumably, the military authorities have done their best to carry out those instructions.
§ Mr. J. J. Lawson
Are serving soldiers being encouraged to fill in the necessary forms, and have all proper steps been taken?