HC Deb 22 February 1945 vol 408 c937
26. Major-General Sir Alfred Knox

asked the Secretary of State for India if he has considered a statement made at a meeting in Washington by Mrs. Pandit, a delegate to the Pacific Relations Conference, of which a copy has been sent to him, that India is a vast concentration camp and a country without religious differences; and whether he proposes to take steps to counteract the harmful effect that such statements may have on public opinion amongst our Allies.

Mr. Amery

Yes, Sir. I have seen the statement referred to. I have no doubt that both the Indian Agency-General and the British Information Services in Washington will take whatever steps they judge necessary to deal with the matter unless, indeed, they feel that the American public have already assessed such obviously fantastic assertions at their true value.

Sir A. Knox

Has my right hon. Friend had any chance of seeing the actual report? Does our information service take any steps to make the public wiser on the subject?

Mr. Amery

Yes, our information service in Washington is doing very good work.

Earl Winterton

Are steps taken by the Information Department to publish leaflets and statements by Mr. Roy and other Indians in public life on the action of the Congress Party, in which they say Congress is run by the most reactionary employers and big financiers in India?

Mr. Amery

I will make inquiries.

Mr. Sorensen

Is the Mr. Roy to whom the Noble Lord has referred, the one who received £12,000 subsidy from the Indian Government?

Mr. Amery

I have already dealt with that point.