HC Deb 18 May 1944 vol 400 cc326-7
28. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for India what reply has been given to the reprsentations made by a large number of Indian editors to Lord Wavell respecting the political situation.

The Secretary of State for India (Mr. Amery)

I understand that the signatories were asked to await the Viceroy's then impending address to the Indian Legislature which was delivered on 17th February.

Mr. Sorensen

Has the Minister appreciated that these editors represent various schools of political thought, and that their representations should be taken into account?

Mr. Amery

Yes, Sir, and the Viceroy did so.

Mr. Shinwell

Has the Minister observed reports in the Press indicating that there is a change of feeling in India due to the temporary release of Mr. Gandhi, and that indication has also been given that Mr. Gandhi is willing to meet members of the Moslem party? Is it not. possible, in these favourable circumstances, to make a new approach to a solution of the problem in India?

Mr. Amery

If that were the situation I am sure the Viceroy would take advantage of it.

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