20 DECEMBER 1930, Page 2

* * * * The Round Table Conference Steady progress

continues at the Round Table Con- ference, although the efforts to compose Hindu-Moslem differences are still unavailing. The Prime Minister invited some thirty delegates to Chequers at the " end " for informal discussion, especially with regard to minority representation in the Punjab, but pressure from India was too strong for them. It is thought, however, that with the setting up of the Minorities Sub-Committee a greater sense of responsibility may be developed, and one does feel that, if all the other pieces of the jig-saw puzzle can be fitted together, this one will in the end not be missing. The Aga Khan has been asked to arbitrate with regard to Bengal, and to make alternative awards suitable to either separation

or joint Only the. Indians themselves can solve their communal question. The British members of the Conference have maintained so far an entirely correct neutrality. We arc pleased, by the way, to see that the Hindustan Times, which might well have used Mr. Churchill's speech for an anti-British ramp, has, like most people in this country, estimated it at its

true value. * * * *