Oral Answers to Questions — New Guinea (Christian Communities).

– in the House of Commons on 24th February 1942.

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Photo of Sir Patrick Hannon Sir Patrick Hannon , Birmingham Moseley

asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he will make inquiries as to the present position of the Christian communities in the mandated territory of New Guinea; whether casualties have been reported; and whether appropriate measures have been taken for the safety of those engaged in missionary work in the island?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

As my hon. Friend is no doubt aware, the matter is one within the authority of His Majesty's Government in the Commonwealth of Australia. I am making inquiries to see what information can be supplied.

Photo of Sir Patrick Hannon Sir Patrick Hannon , Birmingham Moseley

Have any efforts been made through the Red Cross or otherwise, to give those engaged in missionary work in the Far East every possible protection?