HC Deb 05 October 1931 vol 257 cc822-4W
Major POLE

asked the Secretary of State for India if he will give information to show to what extent the non-commissioned personnel of the Indian Army is drawn from non-nationals belonging to territories outside the boundaries of India; if he will state the average recruitment each year of this class to the Indian Army; and what proportion of the non-commissioned ranks of the Indianising units of the Indian Army consist of non-nationals?


The answer to the first part is, to the extent of about 20,000.

The average annual rate of recruitment for the Indian Army as a whole is about one-eighth of the total, which would give a figure of 2,500 a year for this class of personnel. So far as I am aware, they are not represented in any of the Indianising units.