HC Deb 28 June 1920 vol 131 cc22-3
31. Lieut.-Colonel CROFT

asked the Prime Minister whether Dr. Nansen has requested the British Government to provide money and ships for the repatriation of German and Russian prisoners; whether he has consented to provide money and place ships at the disposal of Dr. Nansen for this purpose; whether this burden is being equally shared amongst all European nations; how many prisoners will be transported; and what is the estimated cost to this country?


The League of Nations has approached His Majesty's Government on this matter with a view to their taking a share in the financing of some international arrangement for repatriation of prisoners. The matter is receiving consideration.

Lieut.-Colonel CROFT

Is it the fact that nothing has been decided upon and that there is no question of the British Government giving any sanction to the transportation of 180,000 men?


I do not think anything has been decided upon.


Will the House be consulted before this country is committed to any large expenditure from the repatriation of Russian and German pris oners between those two countries?

Lieut. - Commander KENWORTHY

Will the right hon. Gentleman consult this House before he refuses to grant money from such an obviously humane purpose?


If it is undertaken it will only be undertaken by this country in conjunction with other countries with whom we are associated.

Lieut.-Colonel CROFT

Will money be refunded in that event by those two countries, or is it a question of making England pay?

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