Oral Answers to Questions — British Civilian Prisoners, Bangkok

– in the House of Commons on 18th November 1942.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Hewlett Mr Thomas Hewlett , Manchester Exchange

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can make any statement as to the treatment of British civilian prisoners seized at Bangkok by the Japanese?

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

An internment camp was opened at Bangkok on 23rd December, 1941. From the latest reports that I have received it appears that, after a period of confusion at the beginning, the camp is now reasonably well organised and conditions are not unsatisfactory. Health has been good, with no epidemics, and medical treatment is satisfactory. The internees are able to supplement official rations, which are not plentiful, by purchase at the canteen. Facilities for physical exercise are not entirely adequate, but it is hoped that these will shortly be improved. Inside the camp the internees have organised themselves well, and in general the spirit of the camp is high.