HC Deb 13 January 1997 vol 288 c32W
Mr. Alfred Morris

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what has been the response to date from Japanese business men to the Minister of State's invitation to them to extend help to British prisoners of war held in Japan during the second world war; and if he will make a statement. [9882]

Mr. Hanley

As I made clear in the debate on 4 December,Official Report, columns 969–73 our policy is to encourage all initiatives which promote reconciliation and recognise the sacrifices made by former prisoners of war. The British Government have made extensive efforts to develop non-governmental approaches and some activities such as exchange visits are going ahead.

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