22. Mr. Palmer
asked the Secretary of State for War how the standard of food ration applied to aliens interned in the Isle of Man compares with that in force for the civilian population in this country?
§ The Financial Secretary to the War Office (Mr. Richard Law)
Male internees in the Isle of Man, for the custody of whom the War Office is responsible, are being fed under arrangements made by the Isle of Man Government. Final arrangements have not yet been made, but it is intended that these internees should be fed on a scale comparable with that given to internees in the United Kingdom. This scale includes meat and sugar in quantities corresponding to the ordinary civilian ration. It does not include butter and bacon.
§ Sir Joseph Lamb
Can the hon. Gentleman tell us whether there is any possibility of these people being asked to pay for their rations when they can afford it?
§ Sir J. Lamb
Will the hon. Member see that the question of obtaining payment is given full consideration? There is a great deal of feeling about it in the country.
Is it not the case that the majority of the internees are clamouring for the opportunity of working and that such opportunities are still denied?