HC Deb 07 June 1945 vol 411 c1069
59. Sir John Wardlaw-Milne

asked the Secretary of State for India whether he will now make a statement regarding his conversations with the Viceroy during his recent visit to this country.

Mr. Amery

I expect to be in a position to make a statement before the House rises, probably on the Wednesday of next week.

Sir J. Wardlaw-Milne

As a result of that statement, will there be a Debate in the House?

Mr. Amery

I understand it will be a matter for discussion through the usual channels.

Earl Winterton

Surely if the right hon. Gentleman is going to make a statement upon a matter on which both sides of the House are interested, we should be told that, without question, there will be an opportunity to discuss it? Is he aware that there is a growing distaste of the habit of Ministers making statements without the House having an opportunity of discussing them?

Mr. Amery

That is a matter for the Leader of the House.

Mr. Sorensen

As the statement will be made next Wednesday and there are only two days and part of a day left, is there any likelihood of a Debate taking place?

Mr. Amery

It is a matter for the hon. Members' Friends to consider and raise through the usual channels.

Mr. Sorensen

Surely, the right hon. Gentleman wants to initiate a Debate himself?

Viscountess Astor

Is it not of vital importance at this moment that we should discuss this openly in the House? Every question that is asked, which is against the British Government, concerning powers which they do not possess is multiplied and magnified all over the world.