HC Deb 22 November 1917 vol 99 cc1339-40
25. Major NEWMAN

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, having regard to the atrocities and indignities perpetrated by Germans and German natives on British men and women and British natives during the earlier stages of the campaign in East Africa, steps will be taken to ascertain if any of the 1,000 white persons recently captured by us in East Africa include men guilty of the conduct proved against British prisoners; and, if so, will such Germans or natives be dealt with in an exemplary manner?

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

The military authorities in East Africa have always taken steps to inquire into the commission of such atrocities by prisoners of war who fall into their hands with a view to bringing to trial any against whom satisfactory evidence can be obtained?


Has the hon. Gentleman offered his services in any way?

Commander WEDGWOOD

Will the hon. Gentleman consider whether it would be possible to instruct civil authorities in East Africa to hold inquiries into these complaints, so that there may be a definite report on which action may be taken?


I will look into that.