HC Deb 27 March 1917 vol 92 c180
1. Mr. PETO

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether parcels for prisoners of war in Turkey are now-stopped; if so, whether he can state the reason or reasons for this; whether the interned crews of the merchant ships "Assiout" and "City of Khios" are included; and whether he is taking any steps in the matter?

Mr. JAMES HOPE (Lord of the Treasury)

Notice has been received from the Swiss Post Office that the transmission through Austria-Hungary of parcels for prisoners of war in Turkey has been stopped until further notice. His Majesty's Government are not aware of the reasons for this stoppage, which affects the prisoners mentioned by the hon. Member as well as all others, and they have requested that the United States Ambassador at Vienna may enter a strong protest against it.