Far East Operations.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy. – in the House of Commons on 16th December 1941.

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Photo of Sir Henry Morris-Jones Sir Henry Morris-Jones , Denbigh

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether any units of the German fleet have been engaged with Japan in recent actions in the Pacific and the Far East; and whether he has any information to give as to the exact cause of the sinking of H.M.A.S. "Sydney"?

Photo of Mr Albert Alexander Mr Albert Alexander , Sheffield, Hillsborough

No information is available in the Admiralty to support the suggestion in the first part of the Question. The answer to the second part is in the negative.

Photo of Sir Henry Morris-Jones Sir Henry Morris-Jones , Denbigh

Has the right hon. Gentleman seen the suggestion made in some organs of the Press that the "Sydney" was sunk by a Japanese man-of-war three weeks before war was declared?

Photo of Mr Albert Alexander Mr Albert Alexander , Sheffield, Hillsborough

Suggestions in the Press are often valuable, but in this case we rely upon official information. With regard to the suggestion about this Australian ship, it is always necessary before we make any statement or issue any information that we should consult the Australian Government.

Photo of Sir Henry Morris-Jones Sir Henry Morris-Jones , Denbigh

Has the right hon. Gentleman any information at all as to the cause of the sinking of the "Sydney"?

Photo of Mr Albert Alexander Mr Albert Alexander , Sheffield, Hillsborough

I have nothing to add to what I have already said.