Oral Answers to Questions — India (Constituencies Delimitation Committee).

– in the House of Commons am ar 31 Gorffennaf 1935.

Danfonwch hysbysiad imi am ddadleuon fel hyn

Photo of Mr William Kirkpatrick Mr William Kirkpatrick , Preston

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he is now in a position to make a statement as regards the intentions of His Majesty's Government concerning the appointment of the Indian Delimitation Committee?

Photo of Mr R.A. Butler Mr R.A. Butler , Saffron Walden

His Majesty's Government have decided to set up a committee to make recommendations for the delimitation of constituencies in the future Indian Federal and Provincial Legislatures, and on certain connected questions. The committee will be composed as follows:

Chairman:

Sir E. L. L. Hammond, K.C.S.I., C.B.E., formerly Governor of Assam.

Members:

The Hon. Mr. Justice Venkatasubha Rao, of the Madras High Court.

The Hon. Mr. Justice Din Muhammad, of the Lahore High Court.

Secretary:

Mr. J. G. Laithwaite, C.I.E., India Office.

The committee will start its deliberations in India towards the end of September, and is expected to report at the beginning of next year. Copies of the terms of reference are being placed in the Library. Advantage will be taken of Sir Laurie Hammond's presence in India to invite him to pay a special visit to Burma, to consider the proposals of the Government of Burma for the delimitation of constituencies in that country and of certain connected matters that arise there also.