HC Deb 22 February 1915 vol 70 cc11-2
25. Mr. FELL

asked the Home Secretary if he will consider the question of supplying the aliens under detention with herrings as part of their rations, in view of the quantities of herrings prepared for the German market and now lying at the Scotch and English ports; and if this source of food will be utilised for the persons for whose consumption they were actually prepared?


The question of supplying prisoners of war in this country with cured herrings as part of their rations has been under consideration, and a trial issue of such fish is about to be made at one of the camps. If this experiment proves satisfactory it is proposed to extend the issue to other camps where prisoners of war are interned.


I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for War a question of which I have given him private notice, namely: If he will state the date upon which Baron von Bissing, of Hove, was arrested, the period of his detention, the reasons for his release, and who signed the order for his release?


Baron von Bissing was detained from the 2nd to the 4th of September last, pending the examination of a large mass of documents which the police thought might be of an incriminating nature. This proved not to be the case, and as no charge could be formulated he was accordingly released. No order for his release was signed. I must add my regret that in a previous answer I gave a reply not in accordance with these facts, but I can assure the hon. Baronet that I had no intention of misleading him.


Was this gentleman for many years until recently the London correspondent of the official organ of the German Army?


I do not think I was aware of that.