HC Deb 04 April 1944 vol 398 cc1782-3
3. Major-General Sir Alfred Knox

asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that the relatives of British prisoners, confined in Bremen-Oslebshusen, are worried that the prisoners do not receive sufficient food; if he will inquire into this matter and also ascertain whether these men receive Red Cross parcels.

The Secretary of State for War (Sir James Grigg)

Three British prisoners of war are serving terms of penal servitude in this military prison. A representative of the Protecting Power visited them in January and found that they were receiving the same food as the other prisoners there, but no Red Cross parcels. My hon. and gallant friend is no doubt aware that under the Geneva Convention prisoners of war are subject to the regulations and orders in force for the Armed Forces of the Detaining Power, but efforts are nevertheless being made to improve the position of these three men.

Sir A. Knox

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that when this representative of the Protecting Power visited this prison, he definitely stated that the food was insufficient? Could representations be made to increase the amount of the food, and also if possible will the right hon. Gentleman arrange that this camp should be supplied with Red Cross parcels?

Sir J. Grigg

That is the purport of my answer, but the only possible way of making one's will entirely effective, is to beat Germany.