HC Deb 04 March 1946 vol 420 cc12-3
33. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Undersecretary of State for India if he has any further statement to make respecting the disturbances among men of the Royal Indian Navy, and to what causes these disturbances are attributed.

The Under-Secretary of State for India (Mr. Arthur Henderson)

No, Sir. I have nothing to add to the statements made by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister in this House on Friday, 22ndFebruary and Tuesday, 26th February. As the House is aware, the mutiny in the Royal Indian Navy and the causes leading up to it are to be the subject of special investigation by a committee appointed by the Government of India, and I would prefer not to make any further statements on this matter until the official report is received.

Mr. Sorensen

Can the Minister say when that report is likely to be received, and whether it will be made public?

Mr. Henderson

I am not even aware whether the Committee has started sitting, and I am not able to say whether the report will be made public.

Mr. MeGovern

Does it require an investigation to discover that the causes were the extreme poverty in India and the fact that they want an independent India?

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