HC Deb 12 December 1944 vol 406 cc1061-2W
Mr. R. C. Morrison

asked the Secretary of State for War whether the Japanese Government has recently indicated any willingness to widen the scope of inspection of prisoners camps by the International Red Cross; and can he give particulars.

Sir J. Grigg

The Swiss Minister at Tokio was informed in a discussion with the Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs at the beginning of November that he had secured permission for camps in occupied territory to be visited by representatives of the International Red Cross Committee. The Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs agreed to confirm this statement in writing. From a later telegram, it is learned that the Japanese Foreign Office had written that the question was still being examined, but that it was thought that authorisation might be given to visit camps in Singapore and Siam.