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?
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.