HC Deb 28 April 1947 vol 436 cc1517-8
31. Sir Waldron Smithers

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether any date has been fixed on which members of Indian services must be serving in order to qualify for compensation; and if he will make arrangements for leave to be granted, preparatory to retirement, and ensure that leave prior to the fixed date will count as service qualifying for compensation.

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

I must ask the hon. Member to await the announcement on the subject, which will be made very shortly.

Sir W. Smithers

When will the UnderSecretary's noble Friend be able to give some assurance to alleviate the anxiety as to the future of these splendid men and their families who have given the best part of their lives in the service of India?

Mr. Henderson

The statement to be made will cover those matters which arise as a result of the termination of the careers of members of the Secretary of State's services following the transfer of power.

Sir Patrick Hannon

Will the UnderSecretary make perfectly clear to his noble Friend the anxiety there is in this House as to the future of these distinguished servants in India, and that they should be provided for?

Lord John Hope

Will the UnderSecretary give some indication when exactly this statement will be made?

Mr. Henderson

I said "very shortly" in my reply.

Lord John Hope

Will it be weeks or months?

Mr. Henderson

It is hoped to be able to make the statement this week.

Mr. Gallacher

Will the Under-Secretary take note of the concern being shown by hon. Members opposite for these civil servants after all the infamous things they have been saying about civil servants?

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