HC Deb 12 July 1917 vol 95 cc2115-6

asked the hon. Member for Sheffield (Central Division) whether English prisoners of war in Germany have recently been subjected to more cruel treatment than heretofore; and, if so, what attempts are being made to remedy such a state of things?

Mr. JAMES HOPE (Lord of the Treasury)

As my hon. and learned Friend is aware, a conference of British and German delegates has recently been held at The Hague to consider questions relating to the welfare of prisoners of war. There were undoubted indications that the treatment of British prisoners of war had grown worse during recent months, but there is now every reason to hope that an improvement in the treatment of our prisoners will result from the discussions which took place. All the unsatisfactory information which is received by the Prisoners of War Department is carefully considered, and frequent representations are made to the German Government through the Netherlands Legation at Berlin.

Major HUNT

Has the hon. Member any information as to when the agreement is likely to be adopted by the German Government?


I am afraid that I am not in their confidence.


Will our Government adopt the recommendations?


Yes; I said so yesterday.