HC Deb 29 April 1941 vol 371 cc323-4
6. Captain McEwen

asked the Secretary of State for War what is the number of letters and postcards a month which our prisoners of war are allowed to send from Germany; whether he has any information that this quota is sometimes reduced; and whether the same quota is allowed to German prisoners in our hands?

The Financial Secretary to the War Office (Mr. Richard Law)

German prisoners of war in this country are allowed to send two communications a week, either letters or postcards. The number of letters and cards which British prisoners of war in Germany are allowed to send differs from camp to camp, and the practice in particular camps has also varied from time to time. The information available, however, indicates that the average number of communications allowed in prisoner of war camps in Germany is less than the number allowed to German prisoners in this country. Proposals for reciprocal treatment have been forwarded to the German Government through the Protecting Power, and their reply is now awaited.

Captain McEwen

Can my hon. Friend answer that part of the Question in which I ask whether this quota is sometimes reduced in Germany?

Mr. Law

I have explained in the original answer that there is in Germany no definite quota, but the practice varies from camp to camp and from time to time.

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