HC Deb 30 May 1945 vol 411 cc204-5
24. Mr. Lipson

asked the Secretary of State for Air how many members of the R.A.F. were known to be prisoners of war at the time of the German surrender; and how many have since been repatriated.

Mr. H. Macmillan

The answer to the first part of the Question is 7,116 and to the second part 7,220. The latter figure includes prisoners whose capture had not been reported at the time of the German surrender.

Mr. Lipson

Can the Minister hold out any hope that there are still men who were reported missing and who may yet be brought back?

Mr. Macmillan

One must hope, but of course, these figures indicate that the percentage of men recovered is very high.