Investigation Proposal

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 Ellis Smith Mr Ellis Smith , Stoke-on-Trent South 12:00 am, 7th July 1952

asked the Prime Minister if he will move for the appointment of a delegation of hon. Members of this House to visit and report on affairs in Korea.

Photo of Mr Ellis Smith Mr Ellis Smith , Stoke-on-Trent South

asked the Prime Minister if he will move for the appointment of a Select Committee to make a full investigation of the conduct of the Korean war, and ensure that all the necessary documents, papers, etc., shall be produced and that the committee have power to call for all persons and papers, which shall include a full report on what happened at the Wake Island Conferences and during the visits of Her Majesty's Ministers to India, Korea and other countries.

Photo of Mr Ellis Smith Mr Ellis Smith , Stoke-on-Trent South

Is the Prime Minister aware of the increasing disquiet among our people about the carrying on of this war, particularly among those whose sons, husbands or other relatives are out there and many of whom have been there so long? As the Prime Minister cannot accept the proposal in the Question, will he say what other action he is taking?

Photo of Mr Emrys Hughes Mr Emrys Hughes , South Ayrshire

Is the Prime Minister aware that, when the Korean war started, it was explained that this was not a war, but an international police act; and, in view of the fact that millions of people are homeless and that great devastation has occurred in Korea, is it not time that we have a full investigation of how it is affecting the people whom we are supposed to liberate?