HC Deb 13 May 1952 vol 500 cc1108-9
45. Mr. Frederick Peart

asked the Prime Minister if he will send a Service Minister to Korea to investigate and report back on conditions of British Service men.

The Prime Minister (Mr. Winston Churchill)

I do not think that a visit by a Minister to our Forces in Korea is necessary or possible in the near future, but the matter will be kept under review in the light of circumstances. I might add that if any ex-Ministers wish to go I will give careful consideration to their request.

Mr. Peart

Will the Prime Minister consider the matter seriously? There is a danger that our Service men in Korea may become forgotten men. [HON. MEMBERS: "No."] I am certain that this is not a party issue. The Prime Minister ought to consider it now as our men have been fighting there for a very long period.

Mr. McGovern

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the American newspapers give a very great deal of space to the activities of the American Forces in the Korean war, but that in this country little or no attention is paid to the services of our men in that field? Cannot our newspapers give more about the activities of our men? Otherwise their friends will feel that they are forgotten.

The Prime Minister

I am in full sympathy with the spirit of the supplementary question.