10 JANUARY 1931, Page 1

Sir Tej Bahadur Sapru made a long speech on Friday,

January 2nd, in which he expressed his own ideas of Indian responsibility at the centre. He frankly recog- nized that there would have to be a period of transition during which the Army and foreign policy should be subjects reserved to the Crown. He submitted that all reserved subjects should be administered by Ministers appointed directly by the Viceroy, and that these Ministers should be responsible to the Viceroy alone. In regard to, the 'ticklish matter of finance -he thought that it should be praeticable to frame a clause acknowledging " in the clearest terms " the responsibility of India for her debts and the interest on them. " Every decent minded Indian politician," he said, " would accept such a moral and legal responsibility."