§ 3. Lieutenant Butcher
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether officers and men of the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and the Merchant Service detained in North Africa have been released from custody?
§ 5. Mr. John Dugdale
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has received any information as to the 697 position of members of the International Brigade who have been interned in French North Africa?
§ 7. Mr. Leslie
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any information as to what is happening to ex-members of the International Brigade who were sent to North Africa?
8. Miss Rathbone
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether all persons in North Africa who had been imprisoned because of their opposition to Nazi domination have been liberated; whether all laws and decrees inspired by Nazi ideology have been abrogated; and whether the persons affected included Jewish people interned for racial reasons, international brigaders and Spaniards who fought in the Spanish civil war and are now imprisoned, interned or working in forced labour companies in North Africa?
§ 9. Mr. Granville
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Fighting French and Spanish Republican prisoners in North Africa and Morocco have been released; and whether arrangements will be made for their future security by enabling them actively to serve the cause of the United Nations?
§ Mr. Eden
As the House is aware, North Africa is still a zone of military operations under the command of the United States Commander-in-Chief. His Majesty's Government have, of course, been in consultation with the United States Government on these matters. Hon. Members will have seen the statement recently made by President Roosevelt upon which I cannot comment at this juncture.
§ Mr. Granville
In view of the fact that we have a political representative there, will the right hon. Gentleman make representations that the Free French prisoners should be allowed to join General de Gaulle and not be left to the mercy of the Darlan Fascist régime; and will he see that these prisoners are referred to in terms of liberation and not of amnesty?
§ Mr. Eden
As I understand it, these French prisoners have almost all of them been released. In point of fact, one of the most distinguished generals—General 698 Bethouard, I think it was—announced the other day, is Chief of Staff to General Giraud, so I do not really know what my hon. Friend means.
§ Mr. G. Strauss
Can the right hon. Gentleman say when he expects information that all these prisoners in the International Brigade and others have been released?