HC Deb 01 December 1948 vol 458 cc2000-1
46. Mr. Platts-Mills

asked the Minister of Defence how many British Service personnel have been killed and wounded in Malaya since military operations began there; and how many of these were Gurkhas and Dyaks, respectively.

The Minister of Defence (Mr. A. V. Alexander)

During the six months ended 31st October, the following casualties were suffered by British Forces, including Gurkhas and Colonial troops, in Malaya: Killed or died of wounds, 36 all ranks; wounded, 38 all ranks. These figures include 16 Gurkhas killed or died of wounds and 12 wounded. There were no casualties among the Dyaks.

Mr. Platts-Mills

Can my right hon. Friend reconcile these figures which he has given with the figures given by the Foreign Secretary on 15th September, which were substantially greater, and can he help the House on this point? Whereas no more Dyaks will be killed and wounded, because they have been sent back to Borneo, where they are safer, would he not suggest that our British lads should now be brought home?

Mr. Alexander

No, Sir. We shall keep forces there as long as they are required to maintain law and order.

Mr. W. Fletcher

Will the right hon. Gentleman reconcile those figures with the figure of at least 250 white civilians who have been killed?