Oral Answers to Questions — Malaya and Singapore.

– in the House of Commons on 12th March 1942.

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Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

asked the Prime Minister whether a report has now been received from Major-General Gordon Bennett; and when he proposes to make a statement on the loss of British Malaya?

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

A short telegraphic report has been received from Major-General Gordon Bennett, which does not add greatly to our previous knowledge. In these circumstances, my right hon. Friend does not intend to make any further statement at the present time.

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

Since nearly a month has elapsed since this greatest disaster in military history, and since this General was holding a command at the time of the surrender and must be familiar with the great mass of the facts, is it not time the Government took the opportunity of obtaining a full report?

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

As I say, the only report we have received up to date is a short telegraphic report. I do not by any means exclude examination and discussion as soon as fuller information is at our disposal, but I do not think it would be of great benefit to have that discussion until we have the information.

Photo of Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson , Birmingham Handsworth

Was not Dunkirk a worse evacuation?

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he has any report to make to this House regarding the events in Malaya and Singapore from the time of the first attack by the Japanese until his own departure for home?

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

Is my right hon. Friend satisfied that the Government took sufficiently strong action on the reports which he sent home?

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

May I ask my right hon. Friend what he is doing just now?