HC Deb 03 June 1942 vol 380 cc645-6
7. Mr. Stokes

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, when an undertaking was given by him on behalf of His Majesty's Government that, if the United States of America were attacked by Japan a British declaration of war would follow within the hour, a reciprocal promise was obtained from the President of the United States of America?

Mr. Eden

No, Sir.

Mr. Stokes

Does not the right hon. Gentleman think that, in the absence of such a reciprocal arrangement, it is all the more inexplicable that adequate steps were not taken for the defence of Malaya?