The major political parties have repeatedly insisted that there be a transfer of power in India as soon as possible. With this wish, Her Majesty`s government is fully compassionate and they are prepared to anticipate earlier the date of June 1948 for the handover of power by the formation of an Indian government or independent government. That is why Her Majesty`s Government proposes, as the quickest and practical only means, to introduce legislation during the current session on the transfer of power on the basis of Dominion`s status to one or two successors, in accordance with the decisions taken as a result of that announcement. It will be the right of Indian constitutional assemblies to decide in due course whether or not the part of India for which they are authorized will remain in the British Commonwealth. (i) the transfer, on 1 April 1947, of ownership of military stocks, equipment and assets in India from the United Kingdom Government to the Government of India; It is, of course, impossible for Parliament to make and measure the most important statement that the Prime Minister has made to us. I must say that this seemed very difficult to understand, but the White Paper, which is in the voting office, will have to be carefully considered and will probably bring the highest level of evidence for those who are the best informed. There is no doubt that we will have a debate on this issue at an appropriate time. I am not asking for a specific date at this stage. However, I must say that the two conditions provided for at the time of the Cripps mission established under my government, namely, first, an agreement between the Indian parties and, second, a period of dominion status during which India, or part of it, is free to decide whether or not to remain in the Commonwealth Association of British Nations , seem filled. In order for the successive authorities to have time to prepare for power, it is important that all of the processes mentioned above are completed as quickly as possible. In order to avoid delays, the various provinces or parts of provinces will act independently, as far as possible under the conditions of this plan, and the existing Constituent Assembly and the new Constituent Assembly (if constituted) will frame the Constitutions for their respective territories; They will, of course, be free to create their own rules. I would like to join in the honours that have been bestought by the right, Gentleman, the Member of Parliament for Woodford (Mr.

Churchill). First of all, it should be noted that the Viceroy has shown great gifts of state art and a combination of patience, initiative and energy, which is indeed rare. Across the British Commonwealth, we have all waited for the statement that the Prime Minister has just made and we are pleased that the three major Indian parties have approved the plan. Since that country announced its intention to entrust the Indian government and the conduct of Indian affairs to the Indians, we have dealt with three things: first, that there should be a responsible authority to which the power and duty of the government are entrusted; second, that authority should be what the Indians themselves would like, their own design and choice; and third, that there should be turbulence prevention.