§ 68. Mr. BRIDGEMAN
asked how many of the German prisoners in the detention camps are being employed in useful work; and what is the nature of such employment?
§ Mr. TENNANT
Schemes have been put forward, with the assistance of the Local Government Board, for work by prisoners 390 in the neighbourhood of certain camps, but so far without much result. Local authorities are, it is understood, averse from starting work on schemes which, though desirable, are not urgent, as it is desired to keep them for times of distress. A number of prisoners are employed in the work of clearing ground and making roads and drains in the South of England, and in the Isle of Man and near Hawick they are also engaged in preparing the ground for their own hutments. The War Office are anxious to find work for the prisoners.
§ Colonel YATE
Is not the construction of the Clyde Canal a work which is both desirable and urgent? Could not the right hon. Gentleman employ prisoners on that work, or work of a similar nature?
§ 71. Mr. STANIER
asked whether His Majesty's Government have taken any steps to provide the German prisoners of war in our detention camps with a distinctive uniform; and, if so, when will it be provided?
§ Mr. TENNANT
The question of a distinctive dress for prisoners of war is now under consideration. It is hoped to settle the matter shortly.
§ Mr. BRIDGEMAN
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there are a considerable number of tailors among the German prisoners who might very well be employed on such uniforms?