HC Deb 15 July 1952 vol 503 c1970
36. Mr. Burden

asked the Secretary of State for War what arrangements exist for the treatment of British troops wounded in Korea.

Mr. Head

The Commonwealth Division has the normal three field ambulances and one field dressing station for light cases. Casualties are then evacuated to a mobile Army surgical hospital. Thence, when fit to travel, they go by air to the 29th British General Hospital in Japan. From there, serious cases are brought to this country by air, while the remainder pass to a convalescent training depot before returning to duty.

Mr. Burden

May I ask my right hon. Friend whether, in addition to that, where no facilities of our own are immediately available, it is advisable and feasible for American facilities to be called upon in an emergency?

Mr. Head

Yes, Sir, that is indeed so and I should like to take this opportunity of saying that the British Forces in Korea owe a great debt not only to the Americans but to the Canadians, the Indians and the Norwegians for their co-operation in this respect.