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The British Minister (Balfour) to the Acting Secretary of State

Ref: 336/38/45

Dear Mr. Grew: The decisions taken by His Majesty’s Government as a result of the discussion of the political situation in India with the Viceroy during his recent visit to London will be announced in a statement to be made by the Secretary of State for India8 in Parliament on [Page 252]June 14 at approximately 2 p.m. I send you herewith a copy of the proposed statement.9 The exact text is still subject to revision. May I ask you to regard it as strictly secret until the statement has actually been made.

I may add that as an appendage to the proposal the Secretary of State will also announce:

(a)
that arrangements have been made to set free members of the Congress Working Committee who are still in detention, and
(b)
that in connection with their proposals it is the intention of His Majesty’s Government to appoint in India a United Kingdom High Commissioner to represent the particular interests of the United Kingdom.

Yours very sincerely,

John Balfour
  1. Leopold S. Amery.
  2. Not printed; the statement made in the House of Commons was printed as British Cmd. 6652, India: Statement of the Policy of His Majesty’s Government made by the Secretary of State for India on June 14th, 1945. A copy of Lord Wavell’s statement, made simultaneously at New Delhi, had been transmitted to the Acting Secretary of State on June 13 by the Agent General for India (Bajpai), and a preview from a confidential source had been reported to the Department by the Commissioner in India (Merrell) in his telegram 457, June 10, 11 a.m.; neither printed.