HL Deb 21 July 1920 vol 41 c420

My Lords, I beg to ask His Majesty's Government whether the statement of the Secretary of State for India in the House of Commons on the 14th instant, that— If the Hon. Member infers that anything I wrote to the Government of India altered or was intended to alter, or was concerned with their judgment on General Dyer, he is under an erroneous impression … I must ask the House to accept my assurance on the subject that I exerted no sort of influence and made no suggestion which could possibly lead to the insinuation that the Government of India formed their views on any suggestion of mine, can be reconciled with that made by the Under-Secretary of State on the same day that— There was telegraphic correspondence between the Secretary of State and the Government of India which resulted in certain modifications of the original draft of the two dispatches issued.


My Lords, I dealt fully with this matter in the observations I addressed to your Lordships in the debate on the Amritsar case and I submit that there is no conflict between the two answers—between the answer of the Secretary of State in another place and my answer to the noble Lord in this House.

House adjourned at half-past six o'clock.