HC Deb 29 July 1941 vol 373 cc1240-1
27. Mr. Mander

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will give an assurance that Italian prisoners of war, including the Duke of Aosta and other generals, are being treated strictly in accordance with international regulations and that no special facilities are being provided other than those available for German prisoners?

The Financial Secretary to the War Office (Mr. Sandys)

Yes, Sir. There are of course, minor differences of treatment between German and Italian prisoners. But these depend on the privileges allowed to our prisoners in Germany and Italy.

Mr. Mander

Can the hon. Gentleman say why it is that Italian officers are being released for the purpose of attending social functions in Cairo, and will he make arrangements that these shall cease forthwith?

Mr. Sandys

If the hon. Gentleman will give me particulars of these festivities, I will look into the matter.

Captain McEwen

Is my hon. Friend not aware that there is a great deal of difference in the treatment of our prisoners of war by Germany and Italy?