HC Deb 22 October 1941 vol 374 cc1755-6
2. Mr. Wedgwood

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware of the treatment meted out to 42 British survivors of a bombed ship, who got to West Africa, by the officials of the Vichy Government; whether any protest has been made; and whether His Majesty's Government will treat the Vichy Government as hostile and occupy Obok, instead of immobilising considerable Allied Forces for the protection of French and Italians in that part of the world?

Mr. Eden

His Majesty's Government have received a number of disquieting reports of the treatment of the survivors of British ships who have been landed in French West Africa. The matter has been taken up with the French High Commissioner at Dakar, and the United States Consul there is making inquiries on our behalf. When their result is known, His Majesty's Government will consider what further action should be taken. As regards the last part of the Question, I have nothing to add to my reply to the hon. and gallant Member for Berwick and Haddington (Captain McEwen) on 15th October.

Mr. Wedgwood

"How long, O Lord," shall we continue to turn the other cheek?

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