HC Deb 08 March 1945 vol 408 cc2206-7
19. Viscount Hinchingbrooke

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress is being made in organising and delivering relief supplies to the Channel Islands.

Mr. H. Morrison

Since my reply to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Hornsey (Captain Gammans) on 22nd February, the "Vega" has made a further voyage, and was due to arrive in the Islands on or about 5th March with a cargo of flour, yeast, Red Cross parcels, soap, salt, medical and surgical supplies and a small quantity of petrol for the local ambulances. I hope that it will be possible in the near future to send a consignment of clothing, footwear and certain other commodities.

Viscount Hinchingbrooke

While thanking my right hon. Friend for that reply, may I ask whether he considers that one ship is sufficient for the purpose, and whether he would not consider using additional ships, or even aircraft?

Mr. Morrison

Aircraft would not be suitable, and as to ships, the Ministry of War Transport are in very great difficulty about shipping. I will keep the point in mind.

Captain Gammans

Can anything be done about the evacuation of old or sick people?

Mr. Morrison

I answered a Question about sick people last week. We are making arrangements, where local medical facilities are not adequate, to get people evacuated to this country.

Earl Winterton

In view of the fact that there has been very much criticism of the Government on this matter, may I suggest that, in order to prevent a bad relationship existing between us and our fellow subjects in the Channel Islands after the war, the right hon. Gentleman might consider issuing a White Paper on the whole subject, showing the difficulties, and also what has been done?

Mr. Morrison

I will consider that suggestion, but I doubt whether the time would be suitable for it yet. I will keep it in mind. I thought that, broadly speaking, the islanders and their friends here were satisfied that we are doing our very best.