§ 1. Sir J. D. REES
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will communicate to the House such information as he may obtain regarding the arrangements made by the Ottoman Government for the reception and treatment of wounded and other prisoners of war from the allied armies?
§ The SECRETARY of STATE for FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Sir Edward Grey)
Certainly, but I have no information at present.
§ Sir J. D. REES
Has the right hon. Gentleman any reason to believe that there are any such arrangements, and has he any means of finding out?
§ 45. Mr. SAMUEL ROBERTS
asked the Prime Minister whether any communications have passed, either directly or indirectly, between the British Government 1236 and that of the enemy with regard to the treatment of prisoners, both military and civil; and, if so, whether any information or assurance has been received as to the proper treatment of British prisoners?
The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Mr. Neil Primrose)
The answer to the first part of the question is that communications have passed through the Government of the United States or its representatives. With regard to the second part, His Majesty's Government have now received through the United States Embassy a statement from the German Government on the conditions obtaining at Ruhleben camp. In this connection I would also refer the hon. Member to the reply given on the 2nd instant to the hon. Member for Hitchin.
I think there is every hope that shortly arrangements will be made to make the treatment fairly satisfactory.
§ Mr. HARRY LAWSON
Has any statement been received as to the treatment of prisoners of war at camps, other than Ruhleben, where civilians are?
We have had some statement, but I think anything we know on that point will be laid in the Papers asked for by the Noble Lord (Lord R. Cecil).
As soon as possible; there has been no undue delay; probably in another week they will be published.
I saw one ex-prisoner from Ruhleben camp and he told me they were only allowed 5s. a week; that is my authority.