HC Deb 08 June 1915 vol 72 cc158-9

had given notice to ask the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if, in view of the sufferings of those officers in Germany who have been condemned to solitary confinement, deprivation of necessities and comforts, on the excuse of our differential treatment of German submarine officers, he will cancel the said order for differential treatment, and request the good offices of the American Ambassador to notify such cancellation at the earliest possible moment?

On the question being called, the hon. Gentleman said: I ask leave to postpone this question as the Secretary to the Admiralty will answer the same later, but I beg to ask the Noble Lord if he is aware that our officers are still condemned to solitary confinement and locked up in their cells practically all the twenty-four hours; and whether, in view of the fact that there is no distinction between the German officers of submarines and German officers who have committed many outrages and breaches of humanity, he will use his influence with the First Lord to countermand the differential treatment of German submarine officers?


I will convey what the hon. Gentleman has said to my right hon. Friend.