HC Deb 11 February 1947 vol 433 cc179-80
18. Major Bramall

asked the Secretary of State for War what statutory authority entitles the Polish Forces in this country, who have not yet enlisted into the Polish Resettlement Corps or been otherwise disposed of, to try and detain members of these Forces in accordance with their own code of discipline.

Mr. Bellenger

The Allied Forces Act, 1940.

Mr. Wyatt

Does the right hon. Gentleman realise that the agreement which the Allied Forces Act of 1940 applied to the Polish Armed Forces was an agreement concluded with the Polish Government in London, from which recognition has been withdrawn? Therefore, the Allied Forces Act, 1940 cannot possibly apply to the present Polish Forces in this country.

Mr. Bellenger

I have no other information to give than the information I have given in answer to the Question, but in view of my hon. Friend's doubt on this matter, I will certainly look at it again.