HC Deb 26 July 1951 vol 491 cc637-8
46. Mr. Gammans

asked the Prime Minister what representations have been made to him by Pandit Nehru that the British military advisers, officers and ex-officers in Pakistan should be withdrawn; and what steps he proposes to take in this matter.

The Prime Minister (Mr. Attlee)

No such representations have been made.

Mr. Gammans

Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware that Mr. Nehru has publicly accused British officers in the service of Pakistan of having assisted in fomenting trouble over Kashmir? Has the right hon. Gentleman made any protest to the Prime Minister of India about these baseless allegations? If not, why has he not done so?

The Prime Minister

Yes, Sir, we are in communication with Mr. Nehru on this subject. There is no basis whatever for these allegations.

Earl Winterton

When the Prime Minister says that he is in communication with Mr. Nehru on this subject, I hope he is not suggesting that he is going to exercise any pressure to prevent these gentlemen, if they so desire, from serving the Government of Pakistan. They have a perfect right to do so.

The Prime Minister

That is a different question altogether from the one on the Order Paper.