I am glad to have the opportunity of explaining that in the statement of my hon. Friend the Joint Under - Secretary of State in the House on 20th January it was to difficulties experienced with the civil population that he referred, and that he had no intention of suggesting that there were any difficulties between the military authorities and the civil authorities. The Resident Counsellor in Penang and his staff did everything possible to comply with the military orders and to co-operate under conditions of great difficulty for all concerned.
Can the right hon. and gallant Gentleman explain what was meant by the statement that difficulty was experienced with the civil population in destroying the necessary materials?