HC Deb 18 October 1945 vol 414 c1359
48. Mr. Driberg

asked the Prime Minister whether the continued detention in the North of England of 225 Spanish anti-Fascists is within the responsibility of the Foreign Office, the War Office or the Home Office; and how soon these men are to be set free.

The Prime Minister

As stated by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for War on 9th October, 1945, these Spanish nationals were captured as serving members of an enemy para-military organisation, and are correctly held by the War Office as prisoners of war. The normal rules for the repatriation and release of prisoners of war are not applicable in their case, and the question of their liberation is under urgent consideration by the three Departments mentioned, in consultation.

Mr. Driberg

Are the background and record of these men being investigated?

The Prime Minister

Perhaps my hon. Friend will put any detailed questions to the Secretary of State for War, who has the matter in hand.