HC Deb 19 April 1917 vol 92 cc1806-7

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food if, at Aberavon, South Wales, last week, 200 German prisoners were received; if the Government at once commandeered all the potato stocks locally for the use of these German prisoners; if he is aware that the Aberavon people are of the opinion that they deserve greater consideration from the Government than German prisoners; and if he will see that British citizens whose sons are fighting at the front shall not fare worse than our imprisoned German enemies?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Mr. Macpherson)

My hon. Friend has asked me to answer this question. The answer to the first part is in the affirmative. There is no information in the War Office that local stocks of potatoes were commandeered, but I will make inquiries if my hon. Friend desires. Instructions have now been issued stopping all issues of potatoes to prisoners of war in the United Kingdom.