HC Deb 26 May 1952 vol 501 cc929-30
27. Mr. Swingler

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs who are the British representatives on the commission of inquiry on events on Koje Island.

Mr. Selwyn Lloyd

There are no United Kingdom representatives.

Mr. Swingler

In view of the grave series of events that have occurred on this island, involving the loss of many lives and the demotion of two generals; the fact that British troops are now involved there, that we are not represented at the truce talks, have no representative on the control of the camps and have no representative at this commission of inquiry; what say have we got in these affairs?

Mr. Lloyd

Both parties in this House agreed that the control of operations in Korea should be placed under United Nations Command. That necessarily involves a degree of confidence in that command which our predecessors held and which we certainly hold. So long as soldiers of some 16 countries are under that command, it is for that command to have responsibility in these matters. However, there are discussions between the Governments about the events that took place there. It is not for us to seek to issue orders to the United Nations Command as to what should be done in these matters.

Mr. Attlee

Would the Minister consider circulating a White Paper on the whole matter in regard to these prisoner of war camps? It does appear to us on this side of the House, and I think to many other people, that these conditions would not have happened if they had been under British control?

Mr. Lloyd

I will certainly consider the suggestion of the right hon. Gentleman.