HC Deb 27 May 1941 vol 371 cc1693-4
12. Mr. Glenvil Hall

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is now able to indicate what action has been taken by the authorities against those who, on or about 15th July, 1940, appropriated, at Quebec, the personal belongings of internees sent to Canada aboard steamship "Ettrick"?

Mr. Law

I understand that a court of inquiry was convened by the Canadian military authorities to investigate the disappearance of belongings of internees sent to Canada in the "Ettrick" last July. This inquiry took place six days after disembarkation and two further courts of inquiry were held at the end of July and in October. As a result a small proportion of the property was recovered and returned, and orders were issued for the trial by court-martial of some Canadian soldiers. Further action has, I understand, been taken by the Canadian authorities and I am seeking further information on this point from them.

Mr. Hall

Will the hon. Gentleman expedite this inquiry, as it is nearly a year since these thefts took place, and many of these people lost a great deal— their notecases, watches, money, and so on?

Mr. Law

I am sure the hon. Member will realise that this matter is in the control of the Canadian Government, and I am sure we can rely on them to see that justice is done.

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