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

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

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Photo of Mr Daniel Lipson Mr Daniel Lipson , Cheltenham

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs who is conducting the negotiations with the Japanese Government for the despatch by the International Red Cross of food, clothing, tobacco and medicines to British prisoners of war; what is the date of the last Japanese refusal to admit them; and are negotiations being continued?

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

The negotiations have been conducted by the Foreign Office on behalf of the United Kingdom and the Dominions. While the Japanese Government has refused to allow special relief ships under Red Cross auspices to proceed to the Far East, agreement has beer, reached for sending medical and other supplies by the ships used for the exchange of nationals and I would refer my hon. Friend to the statement made by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for War on 10th November.

Photo of Mr Daniel Lipson Mr Daniel Lipson , Cheltenham

Will my right hon. Friend answer the last part of my Question, "Are negotiations being continued?"

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

Yes, Sir, we are still trying to improve matters.