The s.s. Vega arrived in the Islands on the 27th December and unloaded cargo in Guernsey and Jersey. She arrived back in Lisbon on the 9th January and it was hoped that she would sail again on the 16th. Unfortunately, the ship sustained damage in harbour at Guernsey, and although repairs are proceeding most urgently, they will, I am advised, take until about the 25th January. Details of reports of the conditions in the Islands are not yet available, but I am informed that the impression of the Red Cross delegate was that conditions were not too disquietening. Certain serious shortages such as soap and flour will, I hope, be alleviated by the next cargo of the Vega. The question of mail is still being pursued, but I am not yet in a position to give any assurance to the House. As regards the last part of the Question the International Red Cross representative has been informed that His Majesty's Government would be ready to make arrangements for the reception at hospitals in the United Kingdom of British civilians in need of special attention.