HC Deb 11 May 1943 vol 389 cc478-9
45. Mr. Thorne

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the £15,000 worth of securities that Rudolf Hess had when he landed in Scotland are being used to pay for the keep of himself and family now in this country?

The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Eden)

My hon. Friend is misinformed. Hess brought no British securities with him, nor is any member of his family in this country.

Mr. Thorne

May I ask my right hon. Friend whether the man in question is still a prisoner of war in this country, and, if so, is he in any part of England?

Mr. Eden

He is still confined under the same conditions as those under which he was originally confined.

Mr. Rhys Davies

While Hess might not have brought any securities here, did he have any investments here before he came?

Mr. Eden

No, Sir, not that I am aware of; anyway he has not been able to touch any. All he brought with him were a few Mark notes, the value of which, the hon. Gentleman will understand, in this country is nil.

Mr. Thorne

Can my right hon. Friend say whether the man in question is still in that bungalow down in Surrey?

Mr. Eden

I have not my hon. Friend's detailed knowledge.

Commander Locker-Lampson

Cannot this man, as a prisoner of war, be employed?

Mr. Stokes

On the Treasury Bench?