Is the consistent refusal of the Government to give the House any information about what has happened overseas in Malaya and Singapore due to their desire to hide grievous mistakes on the part of high officials?
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what arrangements he proposes to make with regard to the wives and dependants of those civil members of the community in Malaya and Singapore who have been captured, or who are missing; and whether they will be treated in the same manner as wives and dependants of men in the Armed Forces?
As I indicated in my answer to the hon. and gallant Member for Ayr Burghs (Sir T. Moore), dependants of civilians captured by the Japanese in the Far East will be treated on the same general lines as have been accorded to dependants of British subjects detained in other territories overrun by the enemy or British subjects who have lost their livelihood in this country by enemy action. Analogous arrangements will cover those dependants who are in the Dominions. I do not think that the scheme for military personnel could suitably be applied to civilians, but I am considering how far the arrangements I have mentioned can be supplemented in special cases of individual need.