HC Deb 05 November 1945 vol 415 cc910-1
102. Captain Gammans

asked the Secretary of State for War if he will publish a statement showing the total casualties suffered by men of the Imperial Forces, taken prisoner at Singapore, during their captivity; and if he will give an estimate of the number of Indian labourers who died as a result of being taken to Siam to work on the railway.

Mr. Keeling

Congratulations on your century, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. J. J. Lawson

I regret I am not yet in a position to furnish the figures asked for.

Captain Gammans

When will the right hon. Gentleman feel that he can make public a statement, considering the ghastly casualties suffered by our men who were taken prisoner at Singapore? Is he not yet in a position to make a statement on the number who died?

Mr. Lawson

The hon. and gallant Gentleman knows very well the difficulty of getting information about this particular incident, and also, of course, the difficulty of making contact with people who were on the scene at that particular time.

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