asked the Secretary of State for War whether he has now received a full report from the Commander-in-Chief, Middle East, on the way British prisoners were treated by the Italians at Bardia; what is the nature of such report; and what action has been taken in the matter?
Is my hon. Friend not aware that the Minister of State in Cairo described himself as horrified at the conditions? Is it not time that we knew something more, considering that we understand from the Press that these men were left in the open at night, with only a bit of corrugated iron to protect them from the cold winds?
I am sure that all investigation is being carried out as quickly as possible. My hon. Friend will realise that a court of inquiry may have been found necessary.
British and Canadian prisoners of war captured at Hong Kong have been reported to be in a camp at Kowloon. No reliable information about their treatment has yet been received, nor is any information yet available as to prisoners of war captured in Malaya. The International Red Cross Committee have appointed a delegate in Tokyo, and have asked him to report on conditions as a matter of urgency. The Argentine Government is at present the Protecting Power in Japan, and the Swiss Government is the Protecting Power in occupied China.