HC Deb 16 February 1949 vol 461 cc177-8W
81. Mr. Teeling

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, in view of our joint responsibility for the occupation of Japan, whether he has any knowledge of how long it is intended that United States troops shall remain in Japan; and whether he is yet in a position to make a statement concerning the date of the opening of negotiations for a Peace Treaty or similar instrument with Japan.

Mr. McNeil

As far as I am aware, no decision has been taken as to how long United States troops are to remain in Japan. As to the Peace Treaty, I regret that the procedural difficulties, which have hitherto blocked progress have not yet been overcome.