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British Commonwealth Force, Japan

Volume 478: debated on Monday 18 September 1950

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asked the Minister of Defence when it was decided to hand over the control of all British Commonwealth Force in Japan to an Australian General; what areas are included under the control of this General; what is the procedure by which his Department informs him of decisions taken in London; and why another officer has been appointed as United Kingdom liaison officer with the Supreme Commander, General Mac-Arthur.

The United Kingdom contingent of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force was withdrawn from Japan in November, 1948. The Force, under its Australian Commander, General Robertson, is now composed of Australian troops only. As I explained during the Debate on 26th July, Air Vice Marshal Bouchier has been appointed as Senior United Kingdom military liaison officer to General MacArthur. His duties are concerned only with operations in Korea.