HC Deb 21 June 1939 vol 348 cc2209-10
18. Mr. Noel-Baker

asked the Prime Minister whether His Majesty's Government have yet received any answer from the Japanese Government to the protests made by the British Ambassador in Tokyo against the recent murder of Mr. R. M. Tinkler by Japanese soldiers?

Mr. Butler

I regret to say that no reply has yet been received.

Mr. Noel-Baker

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that from the report of the coroner's inquiry it appears that Mr. Tinkler was bayoneted in the abdomen three times while lying on the ground, that he was refused medical attention for 15 hours, and that as a result of that refusal he died; and will the Government secure immediate satisfaction for this unparalleled outrage?

Mr. Butler

The House will be aware that I gave the information on this case to the best of my ability on a recent occasion. My Noble Friend has seen a report of the coroner's inquest, and he is awaiting the official report of it, when due account will be taken of the extreme seriousness of this case.

Mr. Davidson

Have His Majesty's Government expressed sympathy with the relatives of the late Mr. Tinkler?