HC Deb 03 December 1931 vol 260 cc1274-5W

asked the Secretary of State for India. for what reasons the Government of India has refused an Indian visa for Mr. Edo Fimmen, secretary of the International Transport Workers' Federation, seeing that Mr. Firemen is visiting the Far East solely for his federation and has no intention of taking any part whatever in political affairs in India; and whether, in view of the definite undertaking given by Mr. Fimmen to abstain from all part in political affairs in India if granted an Indian visa, he will represent to the Government of India the granting of an Indian visa to Mr. Firemen?


In view of the present economic situation, the Government of India consider that Mr. Fimmen's proposed visit to India would be a source of embarrassment, quite apart from political considerations. The matter has been given the most careful consideration, and I regret that I am unable, in present circumstances, to modify the decision which has been given.

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