April 11, 1945 (19th Parliament, 6th Session)


William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)


Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

May I sajr to my hon. friend that I appreciate his raising the question, and I can assure him at once that the government is keeping as closely in touch as possible with this situation as it affects prisoners of war. We have asked in particular that some of these stories should be investigated. We have no-reason to believe at the present time that there is any foundation for them. The statement which I made in the house on March 23 regarding what was to be expected with respect to the camps covers the ground as far as the government is in a position to state it; and we have no

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information from the protecting power, with which we have kept particularly closely in touch, to the effect that conditions have changed at all from what they were as I indicated when I last spoke to the house. My hon. friend's suggestion that such information as is available and authentic should be mentioned ovei* the radio or in whatever other way may be thought advisable is, I think, an excellent one, and I shall be glad to ask that it be carried out.

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