HC Deb 04 December 1916 vol 88 cc644-5

asked the Treasurer of the Household whether his attention has been called to letters from Irish prisoners of war at Ruhleben reporting the formation there of classes for the study of Irish history and the Irish language and expressing a desire for books suitable for these purposes; whether, in view of the official action by which parcels of books of this class are prevented from reaching Irish untried prisoners at Fron-goch, he will undertake that similar parcels sent to Irish prisoners at Ruhleben shall have the same facilities for prompt delivery as other parcels; and, if any special conditions have to be complied with for this purpose, will he say what they are?

Mr. JAMES HOPE (Treasurer of the Household)

There is no discrimination between books in the English and Irish languages intended to be sent to the prisoners at Ruhleben.


The hon. Gentleman has not said why such parcels as are described in the question are not dealt with as promptly as other parcels.


Whether the books are in the English or the Irish language, they will be delivered with equal promptitude.