Oral Answers to Questions — Netherlands East Indies (British Subjects).

– in the House of Commons on 25th February 1942.

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Photo of Sir Herbert Butcher Sir Herbert Butcher , Holland with Boston

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what arrangements have been made to assist British nationals from Singapore and Malaya who have taken refuge in the Netherlands East Indies?

Photo of Mr Anthony Eden Mr Anthony Eden , Warwick and Leamington

In accordance with plans made some time ago, His Majesty's Consul-General at Batavia has been arranging since. December last for the evacuation to Australia of British subjects in the Netherlands East Indies, particularly women and children, who are not required locally for the war effort. These arrangements include both resident British subjects and refugees from elsewhere.

Photo of Sir Herbert Butcher Sir Herbert Butcher , Holland with Boston

Is there any knowledge of the names of British nationals who have been sent in that way, and will my right hon. Friend indicate where such information could be obtained, and also whether our appreciation has been conveyed to the Netherlands East Indies Government of their great help in the matter?

Photo of Mr Anthony Eden Mr Anthony Eden , Warwick and Leamington

Yes, Sir. We are very grateful to the Netherlands East Indies Government for their assistance. I will see if I can get the information that my hon. and gallant Friend asks.