HC Deb 14 September 1914 vol 66 cc789-90W

asked the Under-Secretary for War whether arrangements have been made whereby the captured enemy can communicate with relatives; whether he is aware that in a large number of cases no information can be obtained by the relatives of British officers and men who are reported as missing or captured; and whether he will cause representation to be conveyed to the proper source in order that the same facility which has been granted to the captured enemy shall be at once extended to British wounded and captured?


Arrangements have been made for the transmission to Germany of letters written by German prisoners in this country, and for the official communication of information in regard to such prisoners in the event of reciprocity being granted. I am aware, and I much regret, that information as to British officers and men reported missing or captured is not at present obtainable. Every effort is, however, being made by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to obtain such information.

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