The "Hsin Yangtse" was one of about 17 ships of Allied ownership, previously looted by the Japanese, of which the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers made use immediately after the Japanese surrender. The Supreme Commander was, in accordance with his instructions, under no obligation to make payment for the charter-hire of Allied ships used for the purposes of the occupation. He was instructed, however, to relinquish such ships by 31st December, 1946, and to ensure that they were eventually returned to their owners in a condition substantially similar to that at the time they came into Japanese hands. The hon. Member will, I believe, agree that these obligations were carried out in the case of the "Hsin Yangtse."