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United States And Japan

Volume 380: debated on Wednesday 3 June 1942

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, when an undertaking was given by him on behalf of His Majesty's Government that, if the United States of America were attacked by Japan a British declaration of war would follow within the hour, a reciprocal promise was obtained from the President of the United States of America?

Does not the right hon. Gentleman think that, in the absence of such a reciprocal arrangement, it is all the more inexplicable that adequate steps were not taken for the defence of Malaya?