Oral Answers to Questions — British Prisoners of War (Far East)

– in the House of Commons on 17th November 1942.

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Photo of Mr Frank Collindridge Mr Frank Collindridge , Barnsley

asked the Secretary of State for War (1) whether the Red Cross Society has yet been allowed into Singapore; Whether a list of our soldiers taken prisoner is being obtained; and when it will be available;

(2) whether he has any information as to the adequacy of the food and medicines, including quinine, for sick soldiers who have been taken prisoners of war by the Japanese;

(3) whether he has any information of prisoners of war in Singapore having been removed?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

I think my hon. Friend will find an answer to these Questions in the answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Eye (Mr. Granville) on 10th November and in the statement I then circulated in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Photo of Mr Frank Collindridge Mr Frank Collindridge , Barnsley

Has the Minister's attention been called to the article in a daily newspaper of 7th November in which an escaped prisoner gave certain information, and will he consider the information given in that article?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

I have not myself seen that particular article, but I am sure that information which comes from those quarters is carefully studied in the War Office.

Photo of Mr Frank Collindridge Mr Frank Collindridge , Barnsley

May I also ask, in view of the right hon. Gentleman's reply last week, in which he mentioned that the Australian Forces were receiving supplies of mutton, whether it is not possible to make representations to the Australian Government so that our men may share in that commodity?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

Discussions have proceeded with all the Dominion Governments concerned in order to alleviate as far as possible the conditions of prisoners of war in Japanese hands.