HC Deb 20 May 1952 vol 501 c249
19. Colonel J. H. Harrison

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he has any information as to how British prisoners of war are existing in the Far East.

Mr. Head

We have been given no opportunity to obtain official information. Letters forwarded through the Communist authorities to relatives continue to state that they are being reasonably fed, clothed and treated.

Colonel Harrison

Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is grave anxiety amongst white races in the civilised world that within 10 years again white prisoners are being subjected to unknown treatment by an Asiatic Power and that, speaking from personal experience, something like 18 months is probably the most that a man can sustain without permanent injury? Will my right hon. Friend do his utmost to see that some more Red Cross facilities and other means are given to help these men and to see that this does not happen again in the future?

Mr. Head

We are doing our utmost to obtain some method by which inspection can be made.