HC Deb 27 January 1947 vol 432 cc584-5
23. Sir W. Smithers

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether, in view of his recent visit to India, he will make a statement concerning the Indian Civil Service.

Mr. A. Henderson

During my visit to Delhi I had discussions with members of the Government of India on the question of compensation for civil officers appointed by the Secretary of State whose services may be prematurely terminated for constitutional reasons. I am reporting on these matters to His Majesty's Government, and I regret that I cannot make any further statement at present.

Sir W. Smithers

In view of the devoted and loyal service that these men have given to India, will the right hon. and learned Gentleman do all he can, and use all his powers with the Cabinet, to see that their future is not sold for a' mess of pottage when the Government are abdicating their responsibilities in India?

Mr. Henderson

The hon. Gentleman may take it that there is no intention of selling anyone for a mess of pottage.