HC Deb 02 August 1951 vol 491 c278W
Mr. Bossom

asked the Secretary of State for War how many British officers and how many other ranks are now held as prisoners-of-war in Korean or Chinese hands; and if he can give any information as to the numbers of those missing.

Mr. Strachey

The hon. Member will be aware of the lack of information on the numbers of those missing in Korea who are now held as prisoners of war. Up to 29th July, 15 other ranks had been reported as prisoners of war in the Korean operations, and 48 officers and 1,044 other ranks reported as missing. Of the latter, 9 officers and 136 other ranks are classified as believed prisoners of war; 5 officers and 24 other ranks as believed killed; and 13 other ranks as believed wounded.