HC Deb 03 February 1947 vol 432 cc273-4W
4. Colonel Gomme-Duncan

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India the plans for the future employment of British Regular officers of the Indian Army; and whether His Majesty's Government accept full responsibility for pensions, retired pay and all other rights at present enjoyed by these officers.

Mr. A. Henderson

Arrangements have been made with the War Office for the transfer of as many officers of the Indian Army as the British Service is in a position to absorb. It is anticipated that a proportion of the remaining officers will be invited by the Government of India to serve with the Indian Army of the future and that they will be willing so to serve.

Responsibility for the payment of pensions and the other matters referred to in the Question rests with the Government of India. Provision for the due discharge of that responsibility will be within the scope of the proposed treaty negotiations covering matters which arise in connection with the transfer of power from British to Indian hands.