HC Deb 13 November 1930 vol 244 c1886W

asked the Secretary of State for India which of the delegates from India to the Round-Table Conference were chosen as representing rural interests; and what is the proportion of the rural population to the whole?


While the rural population of India is probably about 75 per cent. of the whole, the hon. Member will appreciate the fact that in the majority of cases delegates were invited who might be representative of as many interests as possible. In many cases, therefore, delegates who might be held more particularly to represent rural interests, represent other interests as well andvice versa. Speaking generally, in inviting the delegates full consideration was had to the necessity of securing as full a measure of representation as the numbers permitted of those who could speak for the agricultural classes in the different Provinces.