HC Deb 10 November 1942 vol 383 c2303W
Sir P. Hannon

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can make any further statement on the present food situation in the Channel Islands; whether the relief efforts of the International Red Cross have had any measure of success; and whether, through the Red Cross or otherwise, improvement can be effected in communications between the islanders and their relatives in this country?

Mr. Peake

I have been asked to reply. Such information as is available confirms the statement made by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Economic Warfare in reply to the hon. Member for Rugby (Mr. W. Brown) on 30th September last. The efforts of the International Red Cross have been confined to sending medical supplies. The difficulties in the way of sending food supplies were explained in the statement referred to above. As regards communications, the International Red Cross are doing their best to help, but the transmission of messages from and to the islands necessarily depends on the arrangements made by the German Government.