HC Deb 18 February 1919 vol 112 cc732-3
30. Mr. DEVLIN

asked the Secretary for War whether his attention has been called to the treatment of the Bulgarian prisoners of war; whether these prisoners were released from Bulgaria over four months ago, but have since then been kept hanging about Salonika in connection with an inquiry into the conduct of the prison camp at Philippopolis, an inquiry which should have been completed within a week; and whether, having regard to the privations and sufferings endured by these prisoners in Bulgaria, he will take action to secure their immediate return to these countries?

Captain GUEST

As a result of the Court of Inquiry referred to an officer was court-martialled, and it was necessary to detain certain ex-prisoners of war as witnesses. The court-martial was concluded at the end of January, and instructions were immediately issued to expedite the return to this country of the men who were detained at Salonika.