HC Deb 22 March 1948 vol 448 cc2561-2
27. Mr. Skeffington-Lodge

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether in the case of those prisoners of war about whom he recently gave to the hon. Member for Bedford an assurance that they would not be forcibly repatriated if they feared physical, political or religious persecution, he will make arrangements to have them classified as displaced persons with the object of making them eligible for various jobs in this country for which no suitable British labour is available.

Mr. Mayhew

No, Sir. Under the terms of the International Refugee Organisation constitution, as approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations in December, 1946, these men cannot be classified as displaced persons.

Mr. Skeffington-Lodge

Could they then be classified as European Volunteer Workers?

Mr. Mayhew

No, not under existing arrangements, but if my hon. Friend has some other more concrete point in mind, perhaps he would let me know.

Earl Winterton

Can the hon. Gentleman say whether they come within the ambit of the International Refugee Organisation, if they are not classified in the manner described?

Mr. Mayhew

No, Sir. I do not think that they do.