HC Deb 22 April 1948 vol 449 cc170-1W
Mr. Gammans

asked the Secretary of State for War if he will make a statement on the rioting of Ceylonese troops at Woodlands Camp, Singapore, on 2nd April.

Mr. Shinwell

Reports have been received of two incidents which occurred on 2nd April and 12th April, 1948, involving Ceylonese Pioneers working in an Ordnance Depot in Singapore. The causes of these incidents are not known, but a Court of Inquiry is at present sitting. At the request of the Prime Minister of Ceylon, Ceylonese representatives are visiting Singapore to inquire into any grievances among the Pioneers. When these inquiries have been completed, and I have seen the reports, I will write to the hon. Member.