HC Deb 21 March 1951 vol 485 cc2411-2
37 and 38. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (1) what reports he has received from the United Nations about the destruction caused to Seoul, the capital of South Korea, since the outbreak of the war;

(2) what estimate he has received from the United Nations of the number of towns and villages destroyed during the Korean war; how many civilian and military casualties have been suffered by the people of Korea; and how many refugees there are now in Korea as a result of the war.

Mr. H. Morrison

No such reports have been received from the United Nations since the military situation still makes it impossible to make any satisfactory assessments. There is however no doubt that the destruction in Korea has been extremely severe.

Mr. Hughes

Would my right hon. Friend tell us whether Seoul is now in such a state that Mr. Synghman Rhee has not been invited back to it?