HC Deb 22 June 1917 vol 94 c2118

asked the hon. Member for Sheffield (Central Division) if he can now state the terms arranged between the French and German Governments in regard to the mutual exchange of prisoners of war and interned persons; and whether like terms have been obtained by our Government?

Mr. J. HOPE (Lord of the Treasury)

The agreement referred to is extremely complicated, and it is not possible within reasonable limits to give a detailed resume of its provisions. Subject to the approval of the French Government, it is proposed to publish the agreement in full. I may, however, state that officers and civilians are not included in its scope, nor are those men who have been interned for over eighteen months unless they are suffering from nervous affection caused by lengthy imprisonment. I have already frequently explained the terms of our proposals to the German Government, but regret to say that no direct or satisfactory reply has yet been received.


When will the agreement be published?


I think immediately.