HC Deb 21 March 1951 vol 485 cc2409-10
35. Mr. Gammans

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what has been the result of his representations to the Government of Indonesia regarding the losses suffered by British subjects in Malaya as a result of the sinking of the motor vessel "Kian Peng" in December, 1948.

Mr. H. Morrison

The Netherlands and the Indonesian authorities have each attributed to the other responsibility for any liability arising out of this incident. We are now seeking further information in order to try to establish definitely where the responsibility rests.

Mr. Gammans

As this has been going on now for nearly two years, does the right hon. Gentleman feel that there is very much hope of getting a solution which is satisfactory to the people who have lost this ship?

Mr. Morrison

The hon. Gentleman is on a fair point, but I cannot get the two Governmental authorities to agree upon the facts. I will do my best in the matter.