Christian Communities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Malaya. – in the House of Commons on 25th February 1942.

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Photo of Sir Patrick Hannon Sir Patrick Hannon , Birmingham Moseley

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can make a statement on the present position of the Christian communities in the Malay Peninsula and at Singapore; and whether the evacuation of bishops and priests, representatives of the various Christian missions, had been effected before the Japanese invasion of the island?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Stockton-on-Tees

I regret that I have at present no information as to the position of the Christian communities in Malaya. The Governor of the Straits Settlements reported in the course of the campaign in the Peninsula the names of some clergymen and Salvation Army officers who voluntarily remained at Penang and Malacca after the withdrawal of our Forces from those places. Every effort is being made through diplomatic channels and other means to obtain information regarding persons who remained in Malaya and those evacuated.

Photo of Sir Patrick Hannon Sir Patrick Hannon , Birmingham Moseley

Will my right hon. Friend take every means in his power to get further information and to give whatever relief is possible to these people?