Oral Answers to Questions — Hong Kong (Evacuation of Women and Children).

– in the House of Commons on 28th January 1942.

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Photo of Mr Frederick Cocks Mr Frederick Cocks , Broxtowe

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether all British women and children and women and children of Allied nationality were evacuated from Hong Kong before the Japanese invasion?

Photo of Mr George Hall Mr George Hall , Merthyr Tydfil Aberdare

No, Sir. While all women and children had the opportunity to leave Hong Kong if they wished, and the United States Government advised their nationals to do so, the Government of Hong Kong took special measures for the evacuation only of those British European women and children who had no strong reasons, such as essential war work, for remaining.

Photo of Mr Frederick Cocks Mr Frederick Cocks , Broxtowe

Is it a fact that all women and children who wanted to leave Hong Kong had arrangements made for their evacuation, or did some of them who wanted to leave have to stay behind?

Photo of Mr George Hall Mr George Hall , Merthyr Tydfil Aberdare

No, Sir. All women and children who desired to leave were given facilities to leave. The difficulty was to get the women and children to leave.

Photo of Mr Frederick Cocks Mr Frederick Cocks , Broxtowe

Did that apply to British subjects of Chinese origin?

Photo of Mr George Hall Mr George Hall , Merthyr Tydfil Aberdare

They also were given the opportunity to leave if they so desired.

Mr. Mothers:

As my hon. Friend knows, inquiries as to the welfare of those who remained are waiting an answer. Can he give any indication when that information is likely to be available?