HC Deb 13 April 1943 vol 388 cc1044-5
41. Sir T. Moore

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is in a position to make a statement with regard to the fighting in Burma; and whether he is aware of the concern felt in India over developments there?

Sir J. Grigg

I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the statements made from time to time in the Press. At the moment I have nothing to add.

Mr. Shinwell

Has the right hon. Gentleman seen the statement in the Press to the effect that the Japanese claim to have annihilated a British brigade and captured a British general? Is there any truth in that statement?

Sir J. Grigg

I believe that the statement about the annihilation of the brigade is untrue.

Sir T. Moore

Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that it was because there have been disturbing statements that I put my Question and that I wanted to obtain from him an authoritative answer in order to dispel some of the anxiety which is felt?