HC Deb 11 June 1918 vol 106 cc2036-7
47. Major HUNT

asked the Prime Minister whether interned German bakers are allowed to be taken out of internment, or have been taken out of internment, and put into the places and employment of men called up for military service; and, if so, whether these German bakers are to be allowed to keep their employment and stay in this country after the War?


My right hon. Friend has asked me to reply to this question. A small number of bakers of German nationality were released on licence in the early part of last year. There has been no such release since July last. The men were sent for employment under British master bakers to carry on an essential national industry. In every ease the release was subject to the condition that the employment should be discontinued at the end of the War, or as soon after as British labour was available. Great care was taken to release no one who was open to the slightest suspicion.