HC Deb 09 July 1942 vol 381 cc933-4
40. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for Burma whether the Governor of Burma is likely to make a full or interim report in the near future on the political and other conditions in Burma before its occupation by the Japanese army?

The Secretary of State for Burma (Mr. Amery)

One of the purposes of the Governor's visit to this country is to give His Majesty's Government a first-hand account of recent events in Burma, but it is not at present intended to publish any report by him.

Mr. Sorensen

Shall we have his report in the near future, seeing the great interest that is taken in this matter and in view of the fact that certain private reports have already been made?

Mr. Amery

I cannot give any undertaking.

Mr. Shinwell

When my right hon. Friend speaks of the Governor of Burma visiting this country, does he mean that he intends to return and, if so, when?

Mr. Amery

Certainly, very shortly.

Mr. Hannah

Is not the really important matter the expulsion of the Japanese?

Mr. Storey

Will my right hon. Friend ask the B.B.C. to give the Governor of Burma facilities to talk to members of the public as he talked to Members of the House upstairs yesterday, in order to correct erroneous impressions?

Mr. Amery

I will take note of that.