Loss of His Majesty's Ships "prince of Wales" and "repulse."

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy. – in the House of Commons on 21st January 1942.

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Photo of Mr Charles Ammon Mr Charles Ammon , Camberwell North

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether there is to be an official inquiry into the loss of His Majesty's Ship "Prince of Wales" and His Majesty's Ship "Repulse"?

Mr. Alexander:

Reports concerning the sinking of His Majesty's Ship "Prince of Wales" and His Majesty's Ship "Repulse" have now been received and are being examined. On completion of this examination a decision will be taken as to whether a further inquiry will be necessary.

Photo of Mr Charles Ammon Mr Charles Ammon , Camberwell North

Will the result of the investigation be communicated to the House?

Mr. Alexander:

Any salient facts about the happenings which can be communicated to the House, under conditions which will safeguard any special points from the enemy, will be communicated to the House.

Photo of Mr Charles Ammon Mr Charles Ammon , Camberwell North

Does my right hon. Friend remember that a somewhat similar promise was made with regard to His Majesty's Ship "Glorious" and that we have not yet had any information?

Photo of Commander Sir Archibald Southby Commander Sir Archibald Southby , Epsom

If an inquiry does take place, will the terms of reference be wide enough to establish the responsibility for these ships being sent to the East without aircraft protection?