HC Deb 07 August 1902 vol 112 cc958-9

To ask the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been drawn to Article 20 of the Hague International Convention, which sets forth that after the conclusion of peace the repatriation of prisoners of war shall take place as speedily as possible; and seeing that the possession of sufficient means is being made a condition for the return of Transvaal Republic or Orange Free State prisoners of war, now interned in Lisbon or elsewhere, to South Africa, and in view of the destruction of property in the Transvaal and Free State, will he say whether the imposition of such a test will be persevered with, and, if so, by what persons or tribunals the test will be imposed.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Brodrick.) The hon. Member is under a misapprehension. There is no such condition as that mentioned in the question governing the return of prisoners of war.