HC Deb 26 July 1944 vol 402 c740
2. Miss Ward

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any further progress has been made with regard to getting food and medical supplies to prisoners of war and civilian internees in the Far East.

Mr. Eden

I regret that we have not yet been able to secure the agreement of the Japanese Government to any practicable proposal.

Miss Ward

In view of the fact that a statement made, I think, on 5th July, contained the information that the Japanese had approached us, what is the objection?

Mr. Eden

The difficulty, I can assure the hon. Lady, does not lie on our side. We are doing everything in our power to induce the Japanese to agree to this arrangement, but, so far, they have not done so. The discussions are continuing and my hon. Friend can be assured that we will do all we can.

Captain Gammans

Can my right hon. Friend say if the ships that were at Vladivostock carrying supplies have, in fact, left?

Mr. Eden

I rather think they have not, but perhaps my hon. and gallant Friend will put that question down.