HC Deb 26 July 1915 vol 73 c1932

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if any arrangement had been agreed to by the German Government for the release from internment of certain British citizens who had been connected with banking institutions in Germany; and if there is a prospect of such an agreement being fulfilled?


Among the British subjects who were interned on 6th November last by the German Government were seventeen employés of British banks which had branches at Hamburg. As the result of repeated representations on the part of His Majesty's Government, who pointed out that 120 German employés of German banks in London were not interned, the seventeen British subjects were released from Ruhleben on 17th April last. Unofficial information has been received to the effect that some, at least, of these persons have been recently re-interned- This is presumably due to the change of policy adopted by His Majesty's Government with regard to alien enemies in this country.