Prisoners of War (Repatriation)

Oral Answers to Questions — Korea – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th July 1952.

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Photo of Mr Stephen Swingler Mr Stephen Swingler , Newcastle-under-Lyme 12:00 am, 7th July 1952

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what offers of mediation on the question of the repatriation of prisoners of war in Korea he has received; and what action he proposes to take.

Photo of Mr Selwyn Lloyd Mr Selwyn Lloyd , Wirral

No formal offer of mediation on the prisoners of war question has been received from any quarter by Her Majesty's Government.

Photo of Mr Arthur Henderson Mr Arthur Henderson , Rowley Regis and Tipton

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will make a statement on the present state of the armistice talks at Panmunjom.

Photo of Mr Woodrow Wyatt Mr Woodrow Wyatt , Birmingham Aston

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will make a statement on the latest proposals for an exchange of prisoners made by the Communists at Panmunjom.

Photo of Mr Selwyn Lloyd Mr Selwyn Lloyd , Wirral

The talks at Panmunjom are at present being held in secret session. I should prefer not to add at present to the accounts already given the House in my statement on 1st July, and in the White Paper published the same day.

Photo of Mr Arthur Henderson Mr Arthur Henderson , Rowley Regis and Tipton

Have Her Majesty's Government conveyed their views on these latest proposals to the United States Government and other interested Governments?

Photo of Mr Selwyn Lloyd Mr Selwyn Lloyd , Wirral

We are in touch with the United States Government and other interested Governments on the latest proposals for resolving the deadlock. We are also in touch on other proposals designed to achieve the same object.

Photo of Mr Woodrow Wyatt Mr Woodrow Wyatt , Birmingham Aston

Will the Minister impress in the proper quarters the fact that this is not a mere talking point as far as the Communists are concerned, because very real considerations of prestige are involved for them? Does he not agree that their latest proposals represented a slight advance and that they should be followed up rather than dampened down?

Photo of Mr Selwyn Lloyd Mr Selwyn Lloyd , Wirral

I quite agree that any proposal must be carefully considered.