§ Sir G. Shakespeare
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he has any further information about conditions in prison camps in the Far East under Japanese control; and whether any recent visits have been paid by representatives of the Protecting Power.
§ Sir J. Grigg
So far as I am aware, in the last four months the Protecting Power has been permitted to visit only one prisoner of war camp and one hospital, both in the Tokyo group. The camp was overcrowded, and in other respects below standard, and representations have been made. Representations have also been made recently about the continued refusal of Japan to permit the Protecting Power and the International Red Cross Committee to pay visits to camps, even in the Northern area. Apart from these reports on the camp and hospital and the preliminary accounts of conditions in Rangoon which liberated prisoners have given, no recent information is available as to conditions of prisoners of war in any part of the Far East.