§ 74. Mr. E. J. Williams
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he has a statement to make about the escape of prisoners-of-war from the camp at Bridgend, Glamorgan.
§ Mr. A. Henderson
An escape by 67 German prisoners-of-war, of whom 65 were officers, took place at 04.00 hours on 11th March from a camp in South Wales. 48 of them have now been recaptured. The escape was effected by means of a tunnel 20 yards long, the entrance to which was in a corner of a living hut, an 18 inch square of 4-inch concrete having been cut out and carefully camouflaged. A court of inquiry is being convened.
§ Mr. E. J. Williams
While thanking the Minister for his reply, may I ask whether the inquiry which will be conducted will include the question of the siting of the camp itself?
§ Sir H. Williams
How is it that these men were able to dispose of the very large amount of earth from the tunnel without anybody spotting them?
§ Mr. James Griffiths
In view of the fact that the inquiry may not cover the point, will the Minister consider whether this site is suitable?
§ Mr. Edģar Granville
Will the Minister now expedite the arrangements for receiving a deputation of Members of this House who have continually called attention to Nazi activities among prisoners-of-war?