HC Deb 08 August 1940 vol 364 cc442-3W
Mr. Noel-Baker

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many British citizens are still held under arrest by the Japanese Government; and what steps have been taken by His Majesty's Government to secure their immediate release?

Mr. Butler

Six British subjects are still under detention by the Japanese authorities, nine having been released and one, I regret to state, having died under circumstances which are being investigated. His Majesty's Ambassador at Tokyo has had a number of discussions with the Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs and it is hoped that proceedings in connection with these cases will be expedited.