HC Deb 23 May 1949 vol 465 cc889-90
53. Colonel J. R. H. Hutchison

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether he will now make a further report on the condition and whereabouts of the crew of H.M.S. "Amethyst."

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty (Mr. John Dugdale)

The officers and men on board H.M.S. "Amethyst" are still safe and have been able to communicate with their relatives. The ship remains at her anchorage above Rose Island.

Colonel Hutchison

What steps have been taken to recover this crew? Are they being molested in any way?

Mr. Dugdale

No, they are not being molested. As for any steps being taken for their recovery, I should prefer not to make any statement at present.

Captain Marsden

Is not the crew referred to only pant of the crew? What has happened to the remainder of the crew who were landed or got ashore earlier?

Mr. Dugdale

A large number of them, as the hon. and gallant Member knows, have gone to Hong Kong; they are wounded.

Commander Noble

Can the hon. Gentleman say when the last physical contact was made with the "Amethyst"?

Mr. Dugdale

I do not know exactly what that question means.

Commander Noble

When was the "Amethyst" last in contact with His Majesty's representative?

Mr. Dugdale

She is constantly in contact by wireless.