Can we be assured that if that undertaking is not respected in the near future, and if any more accidental mis-sortings take place, we shall take prompt action with the Spanish Government? asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any progress has been made in negotiations with Germany with a view to an arrangement, under paragraph 72 of the Geneva Convention, for the accommodation in neutral countries of prisoners of war in good health who have been a long time in captivity; and whether, under such an arrangement, British prisoners might be sent to Eire and German prisoners to Switzerland or Sweden. and gallant Friend to the statement which my right hon.
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many European refugees are now interned on the island of Mauritius; of what nationalities are they; how many are known to be sympathetic to the Allied cause; and how many have professional or technical qualifications of recognised standing. They include Austrians, Czechs, Poles, Danzigers and Germans. Gentleman aware that some of these people have excellent technical qualifications and that the Allied cause should make some use of them, instead of keeping them in internment, doing nothing year after year?
I have no reason to believe that they are other than sympathetic to the Allied cause. Is it not the case that those who have not been released, those who are still in camp—which is the greater number—are compelled by the Government to spend days in idleness when they are capable of doing useful work and are anxious to do it?
I am arranging for copies to be placed in the Library of the House. Is it not a fact that this Report does require urgent decisions on such matters as the financing of supplies and so on; and is it not of the greatest importance that action should be taken as soon as possible? with a view to securing a copy of the documents, recently published by the State Department, exonerating this country from any breach of faith over the Manchurian crisis of 1931, and then making it available in the Library of this House. and gallant Friend is referring to the documents recently published as "Foreign Relations of the United States, Japan, 1931 to 1941." As my right hon. A copy of Volume II is being obtained and will be similarly made available for Members.
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what action the British Government have taken or propose to take on the Report of the Inter-Allied Committee on Post-War Requirements issued in June, 1943. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will approach the Government of the U. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he has any information regarding the intention of the Japanese Government to remove elsewhere one-third of the civil population of Singapore; and particularly, whether both civilian and military prisoners of war are included.
How much longer is this matter to remain undetermined?
Gentleman, he hopes to be able to arrive at an early settlement of this question.
These particulars are not yet available for the reasons which he then gave.
There have not, therefore, up till now, been any negotiations either with the German Government or with other Governments. and gallant Friend for the suggestion in the second part of the Question, which will be carefully considered.
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been called to an accident which occurred, on 21st December, 1943, at Mount Sorrel, Leicestershire, when an American army lorry collided with a stationary motor car causing considerable damage; and whether he has anything to report on the progress of negotiations to secure a proper recognition of liability in such cases. My attention has been drawn to this accident and inquiries have been made about it to the United States Claims Commission. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any progress has been made in discussions with the Portuguese and Spanish Governments about the shipments from those countries of wolfram to Germany. Friend consider that if the Foreign Secretary follows that course, it will not be possible to ask questions about it except by the undesirable method of interruptions?
As regards the second part of the Question, I would refer my hon. Would he consider the alternative course of making a statement at the end of Questions, especially as these Questions have now been on the Order Paper for a long time? The mis-sorting is that letters which should be delivered in Spain are sent to Germany. Member must realise that everything is not as efficient as the General Post Office here.
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that letters to British subjects in Spain are subject to a German censorship; and whether he can give any reasons for such action. I am aware that a number of letters sent from this country to Spain have been censored in Germany; but I have no evidence that this is due to other than accidental mis-sorting. Surely it is strange that, letters going from this country, certainly not addressed to Germany, should be delivered to Germany by the Spanish authorities; and is this mis-sorting accidental or on purpose?