HC Deb 16 August 1916 vol 85 cc1853-4
46. Mr. R. GWYNNE

asked the Prime Minister whether, in considering an ex- change of prisoners between this country and Germany or their removal to a neutral country, preference will be given to those officers and soldiers who have been longest confined in German prisons, and are consequently suffering from the strain?


I can certainly assure my hon. Friend that should the question of an exchange or transfer to a neutral country of prisoners of war, other than invalids, come within the range of possibility, the special claims of those who have been longest in confinement will be borne in mind?


Are we to understand that any special arrangements are to be made to bring that about?


I think the matter is under the consideration of my right hon. Friend the Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs.