§ 41. Mr. John Paton
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if His Majesty's Government has been consulted by the U.S. Government on the desirability of an early inter-Allied Japanese reparations conference on the basis of the recommendations made by Ambassador Pauley.
§ The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Ernest Bevin)
The United States Government have invited all Gov- 360 ernments represented on the Far Eastern Commission to take part in early consultations on Japanese reparations. His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom have accepted this invitation, but it is not yet known when the discussions will begin or what form they will take. Mr. Edwin Pauley's recommendations to President Truman on Japanese reparations have not been specifically put forward as the basis for these discussions.
§ Mr. Walter Fletcher
Will the right hon. Gentleman remember that very large quantities of commodities and goods, removed from Malaya and Hong Kong, the subject of claims by British firms and individuals, were found in Japan after its capture and should be taken into consideration in this matter, as the claimants have received no indication that they are to have any reparations for these goods, some of which were removed from Japan to America?