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Burma (Political Future)

Volume 395: debated on Thursday 2 December 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for Burma whether in order to counter Japanese propaganda he can make a statement regarding the political future of Burma after its re-conquest?

I have nothing to add to the answer to a Question by the hon. Member for West Leyton (Mr. Sorensen) on 22nd April, except that the best counter to Japanese propaganda is Allied victory.

While I agree with the last part of the statement, does not the right hon. Gentleman feel that the Burmese opposition to Japanese aggression would be far more resolute if the Burmese people knew what they are fighting for as well as what they are fighting against?

As I pointed out in my previous answer, the general policy of this Government towards Burma has been made amply clear on more than one occasion.