Oral Answers to Questions — British Subjects, Far East (Dependants).

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

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore , Ayr District of Burghs

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps are being taken to assist the dependants of British subjects whose lives or livelihood have been lost through the conquest of the Far East by the enemy?

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

I am glad to be able to say that an unofficial fund is being formed which will be available to supplement in special cases of individual need the official action referred to by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his reply of 9th June to the hon. Member for Ipswich (Mr. Stokes).

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore , Ayr District of Burghs

Is my right hon. Friend satisfied that the response to this unofficial fund will be sufficiently satisfactory to enable adequate help to be given to these unfortunate people?

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

I think the sources out of which the fund would be raised will be sufficient and that the flexibility of this matter will meet cases of need better than a more rigid system.