§ 25. Sir W. Smithers
asked the Undersecretary of State for India, if, during the negotiations concerning the setting up of a new government, he will press for the assumption of liability for the contracts made toy their predecessors and for the meeting of obligations under them in respect of pay, pensions and so forth, for European employees.
§ The Under-Secretary of State for India (Mr. Arthur Henderson)
All these matters 1589 will be dealt with during the negotiations for the Treaty, referred to in paragraph 22 of the Cabinet Mission's Statement of 16th May, which is to provide for certain matters arising out of the transfer of power.
§ Sir W. Smithers
In view of that very vague answer, does the hon. and learned Gentleman think that that will bring much comfort to the thousands of loyal civil servants who have devoted their lives to helping India in the past; and will he make a more definite representation to the Indian Government and country, which he is giving away?
§ Mr. Henderson
The hon. Member will appreciate that the time for making representations will be when these negotiations take place in connection with the proposed Treaty. That time is not yet.