Fawad also reiterated and endorsed the demand that Britain must apologise to Pakistan, India and Bangladesh for the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre, in which British troops opened fire on thousands of unarmed protesters and killed scores.
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Thursday endorsed the demand that the British government apologise for the empire's role in the Jallianwala Bagh massacre and the starvation of Bengal in the run-up to the 100th anniversary of the massacre. The Vadodara-born life peer Lord Desai, who is on the Jallianwala Bagh Centenary Commemoration Committee, said: "I never expected a full-scale apology".
"We deeply regret what happened and the suffering caused", May told parliament on Wednesday, three days before India marks 100 years since the killing.
The lack of an apology left British Indian MPs and leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn disappointed.
However, while reiterating the United Kingdom government's "deepest regret" over the massacre in Amritsar on April 13, 1919, Field stressed that the issue of appropriately marking the sombre 100th anniversary remains a "work in progress" and an active debate was taking place amongst ministers and senior officials.
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The British government had released figures stating that 379 innocent people had died while 1,200 were wounded in the brutal tragedy. Many were unaware there was a ban on public gatherings in the city, which had been placed under the direct rule of the British Indian army to curb recent unrest. "The passage of a century will not wipe away the stain of innocent lives being taken at the Amritsar massacre", he tweeted on Wednesday.
In her statement May said: "I am pleased that today the UK-India relationship is one of collaboration, partnership, prosperity and security".
The debate was reportedly called for by Conservative MP Bob Blackman and it took place in Westminster Hall on April 9.
Mandhali-born Virendra Sharma, a Punjabi-origin British Labour MP who represents Southall, said: "This is not the full and frank apology that the communities need".
A day earlier, on Tuesday, the UK's Foreign Office minister Mark Field had said that while past shameful incidents have to be marked in red, issuing repeated apologies for events in Britain's colonial past could come with financial implications. He pointed out that the UK-India relationship has changed.