HC Deb 29 October 1918 vol 110 cc1264-5
47. Sir F. HALL

asked the Prime Minister if, in view of the period which has elapsed before any definite action has been taken for the protection of British prisoners of war, he will arrange for definite representation on the Departmental Committee who deal with this question of the prisoners who have now returned to this country and who have first-hand knowledge of the subject?


The Prime Minister has asked me to reply. I cannot admit the statement by which this question is introduced, but I am considering the suggestion which it contains.


Does not the right hon. and learned Gentleman think that great advantage might accrue to the Departmental Committee by placing before it some of those who have been prisoners of war and have returned; would the right hon. Gentleman consider the case of my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for South Antrim (Captain C. Craig), who has just returned?


I think the suggestion may be a good one, and I am giving it careful consideration. As a matter of fact, I have asked my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for South Antrim to sit on the Committee, but he has not yet seen his way to do so.