HC Deb 19 February 1918 vol 103 c587
8. Mr. G. FABER

asked the Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether supplies are no longer being sent to Russian prisoners of war; and, if so, whether the cessation of such supplies is due to the action of the Government or to that of the Russian Prisoners of War Help Committee?


The Government is entirely and solely responsible for the action taken. The question of supplies to Russian prisoners of war has been frequently brought before the Government, and for a long time it has been their duty to represent to the Russian Prisoners of War Relief Committee the increasing difficulty of providing supplies for this purpose. Recently it was felt that, owing to the change of circumstances that was likely to result from political events, the necessities of these poor people would, in most cases, become less, and it was decided that, apart from exceptional cases, no further food could be allowed to leave this country for such a purpose. I understand that even the exceptional relief has now been discontinued.