HC Deb 20 April 1915 vol 71 c155

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether some German, officers, prisoners of war at Philberds, Maidenhead, recently succeeded in making a tunnel some ten or twelve yards long, and in cutting through the concrete foundations of a brick wall before their preparations for escape were discovered; if so, whether the officer responsible for guarding these prisoners has been reprimanded for lack of vigilance; and whether steps have been taken to secure that, in all places where prisoners of war are confined, a stricter scrutiny of their movements shall be maintained?


The case referred to by the hon. Member is still being inquired into. But I may say that the length of the tunnel has been ascertained to be between four and five yards. Any further precautions found necessary will be taken.