HC Deb 06 April 1948 vol 449 c8
11. Mr. Peter Thorneycroft

asked the Secretary of State for War what is the number of German prisoners of war now in Egypt; what is the rate at which these men are being returned to Germany; and the date by which it is expected that that repatriation will be completed.

Mr. M. Stewart

There are at present approximately 46,000 prisoners of war in the Middle East, of whom the majority are in Egypt. Prisoners of war from the Middle East are being repatriated at an average rate of about 5,000 a month. Their repatriation is expected to be completed in October.

Mr. Thorneycroft

Are any women prisoners included in that number?

Mr. Stewart

I could not say without notice.

Mr. Skeffington-Lodge

Are any of these prisoners being given the chance to come to this country to assist in agriculture, or in any other connection?

Mr. Stewart

That is not the Question on the Paper.

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