HC Deb 24 April 1918 vol 105 cc979-80
27. Major HUNT

asked the Undersecretary of State for War whether, in view of the fact that many German prisoners refuse to do a fair amount of work on the land and are insolent and independent, he can see his way to give officers guarding them disciplinary powers in cases where prisoners are obdurate; and whether he will take into consideration the very hard work our own prisoners are compelled to do and the cruelty and ill-treatment to which they are subjected?


The reports received indicate that as a rule prisoners of war work well on the land, and this is indicated by the constantly increasing demand for their services. Commandants have adequate disciplinary powers to deal with those whose labour is unsatisfactory.

Major HUNT

Will the hon. Gentleman say what these disciplinary powers are?


I cannot remember offhand, but if the hon. and gallant Member will put down a question I will get to know.

Sir J. D. REES

Is it not a fact that the demands for these men exceeds the possibility of the supply of their services?


That is so, as I have indicated by my answer.