HC Deb 06 August 1919 vol 119 c347
33. Mr. A. SHORT

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that farmers in the Brailes and Cherington district are employing German prisoners from Brailes camp, although there are numbers of our own workmen in the district unemployed: and whether he can take any action in this matter?


There are standing instructions that no prisoners of war shall be employed, except in cases where suitable British civilian labour is not available. I will, however, have inquiries made into the circumstances in which prisoner labour is employed in the district referred to, and will let the hon. Member know the result in due course.

Captain W. BENN

Are we not under an obligation to send German prisoners back to their homes?


I believe there are such obligations connnected with the Peace Treaty—yes.