HC Deb 19 March 1940 vol 358 cc1791-2
28. Major Sir Jocelyn Lucas

asked the Secretary of State for War whether the German authorities allow our officer prisoners of war 60 marks a month for junior officers and 100 marks a month in the case of senior officers, as in the last war, from which 45 marks were deducted for messing; and whether any arrangements have been made for them to cash cheques or get money from England to purchase necessities; and at what rate of exchange these cheques or remittances are exchanged?

Mr. Stanley

British officer prisoners of war are being paid the same rates of pay as officers of corresponding rank in the German Army, and they are receiving free rations. There has not, so far as I am aware, been any demand for money to be sent from England.

Sir J. Lucas

Are men allowed to have money sent to them for the purchase of clothes and other necessities, and can cheques be restricted in the case of officers, as in the last war there was, in certain camps, very heavy gambling, as a result of which one officer won £3,000 from his brother officers?

Mr. Stanley

I do not think we ought to assume that money is needed for such purposes. As I say, there has been no demand for these arrangements.