HC Deb 01 March 1917 vol 90 c2118

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, since the withdrawal of the American diplomatic representative in Germany, he is still receiving reports as to the condition and treatment of the British in the various prisoners' and internment camps; and whether he can make any general statement on this treatment and condition?

Mr. JAMES HOPE (Lord of the Treasury)

No reports by the Netherland Legation at Berlin on prisoner of war camps in Germany have yet been received. The Netherland Government did not take over our interests in Germany until the 3rd February and sufficient time has not yet elapsed for any reports on camps to be received here. A special staff has been sent to the Netherland Legation at Berlin to look after our prisoners, and I have no doubt that reports will reach us ere long. The American reports, some of which reached us after the rupture of diplomatic relations, show that the conditions in the main camps are generally satisfactory. The conditions in the working camps vary considerably.

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