HC Deb 09 March 1955 vol 538 cc59-60W
126. Sir F. Medlicott

asked the Minister of Defence if, in order to protect from interference and victimisation the British subjects who were prisoners of war in Korea, he will ensure that the identity of such individuals will not be disclosed except in connection with, or for the purposes of, judicial proceedings.

128. Mr. Baird

asked the Minister of Defence to publish the names of soldiers referred to in the Ministry of Defence statement on the Treatment of British Prisoners of War in Korea, who, it is claimed, were tortured.

Mr. H. Macmillan

For the reasons given in my reply to the hon. Member for Aston (Mr. Wyatt) on 3rd March, it is not my intention to publish the names of individuals who were prisoners of war in Korea. If, however, legal proceedings were instituted affecting any of the Service personnel concerned, the question of disclosing their names would be reconsidered.

Mr. Russell

asked the Minister of Defence what representations he received from the British visitors to prisoner-of-war camps in Korea, on their return to this country, about the treatment of British prisoners by their Communist captors.

Mr. H. Macmillan

I have not myself received any representations, but I understand that one of the British visitors was interviewed, at his own request, by officers of the War Office and Air Ministry, It was agreed at the time that these interviews were to be regarded as confidential.