HC Deb 10 May 1948 vol 450 c1717
16. Sir W. Smithers

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he has studied the details which have been sent him about a British officer in Burma who has suffered heavy loss during the war; and what steps he will take to get this officer compensation.

Mr. McNeil

I have studied the case from the particulars provided and hope shortly to be able to communicate with the hon. Member.

Sir W. Smithers

While thanking the right hon. Gentleman for that reply, might I ask him whether, in view of the fact that this officer and many other British officers suffered heavy loss through no fault of their own, because of the Government's policy of the disintegration of the Empire, he will do all in his power to give this officer and many others justice and compensation?

Mr. McNeil

This officer, as the hon. Gentleman knows, has been in touch with our Ambassador in Rangoon, and I should prefer to have a report from His Majesty's Ambassador before I attempt to make a further reply.