HC Deb 12 July 1944 vol 401 c1710
2. Mr. Graham White

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he can give the House any information with regard to arrangements for a haven for war refugees in Libya.

Mr. Eden

Yes, Sir. In consequence of the increasing number of refugees arriving from various part of Europe, His Majesty's Government have been concerned to find suitable places of temporary accommodation in addition to those already arranged. It has been decided to set aside a camp in Tripolitania where some 2,000 refugees can be accommodated until it is possible to send them back to their homes, or otherwise find them places of permanent residence. This, like all His Majesty's Government's activities in regard to refugees, was undertaken in consultation with the United States Government, who are co-operating fully in questions of staff and maintenance.

Mr. White

Can the right hon. Gentleman say if the arrangements that have so far been made are temporary war-time arrangements, and there is no question of any permanent settlement; and I presume what he says also applies' to the Russian front?

Mr. Eden

I am not sure about the last part of my hon. Friend's supplementary question. This is a war-time arrangement.