HC Deb 06 July 1944 vol 401 cc1299-300
28. Major Sir Jocelyn Lucas

asked the Minister of Health if, in view of the forthcoming repatriation of civilian prisoners of war and internees, many of whom have no friends in this country and some of whom are without funds, he can state what arrangements are being made for their welfare.

Mr. Willink

The amenities provided for repatriated persons at the port of arrival include food and warm clothing, medical attention or hospital treatment for the sick, facilities for sending merges to relatives, advice on National Registration, ration books, etc., free travel facilities home, transport from the quayside to the railway station, reservations on trains, small cash grants to cover incidental expenses on the journey and temporary accommodation for those who for any reason are unable to continue their journey immediately. British repatriated persons without homes in this country are offered furnished accommodation rent free so long as they are without means. Those in need of financial help are entitled to apply to the Assistance Board.

Sir J. Lucas

Is the Minister aware that his statement will give very great satisfaction?

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