HC Deb 19 February 1952 vol 496 cc15-6
18. Mr. C. J. M. Alport

asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in the case of ex-Japanese prisoners of war recalled for reserve training, the fullest investigation will be made at the time of their medical examination into the delayed effects of privations undergone while in Japanese hands; and whether he will issue special instructions to examining officers to this effect.

Mr. Head

Reservists selected for recall are asked, when examined by a National Service medical board, to give full details of their personal history. I am assured by my right hon. and learned Friend the Minister of Labour and National Service, who is responsible for these medical examinations, that his medical boards should therefore be in a position to make the fullest investigation of those who have been prisoners in Japanese hands. He will, however, arrange for this Question and answer to be circulated to all medical board chairmen.

Mr. Alport

Will my right hon. Friend consult with his right hon. Friend with a view to issuing a report as to whether in fact any deterioration in physical or mental conditions has taken place since 1945 as a result of ill-treatment in these Japanese camps?

Mr. Head

Yes, Sir, I will certainly bring that forward.

Major H. Legge-Bourke

Will my right hon. Friend consider the possibility of consulting local organisations responsible for the welfare of these men when any of them is likely to be called up, as those organisations keep a close watch on these men and should know them?

Mr. Head

Yes. I will certainly consider that.