HC Deb 11 February 1953 vol 511 c387
11. Mr. Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many of the 47 British agents who were executed by the Germans at Mauthausen during 1942–43 were of British nationality; and what were their names and ranks.

Mr. Nutting

As regards the first part of the Question, the answer is "None," Sir. The second part of the Question does not, therefore, arise.

Mr. Lewis

The Joint Under-Secretary will be aware of the fact that in the previous answer he admitted there were 50 of those agents who were working for the British and who were dropped into the hands of the Germans, and as the Foreign Office said that this was due to neglect on the part of S.O.E., can the Joint Under-Secretary inform me whether or not the three who survived execution gave any evidence at the so-called "inquiry" which was held by the Foreign Office into this episode?

Mr. Nutting

I cannot say offhand exactly who gave evidence at the inquiry that was held at the time and after the war. Perhaps the hon. Gentleman will put down that question.

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