§ Sir H. Williams (by Private Notice)
asked the Prime Minister whether he has any statement to make on the Japanese occupation of the Andaman Islands?
§ Sir H. Williams
Surely this is a very grave situation which has suddenly arisen—at least it seems so to many of us—and ought we not to have some assurance that this new and grave threat to India is being properly dealt with?
§ Mr. Hore-Belisha
May I ask whether the Nicobar Islands are also involved, whether the policy of scorched earth was pursued, and whether all the landing facilities and harbour installation were destroyed?
§ Sir S. Reed
Is it not the case, as must be apparent to anyone acquainted with the situation who studies the position, that, until such time as we are in a position completely to re-establish command of the seas in Eastern waters, any attempt to hold these Islands would simply mean throwing away lives, diverting great masses of material, and repeating the tragedies and errors which occurred further East?