HC Deb 22 February 1915 vol 70 cc41-2W

asked the Under-Secretary for War if he has knowledge of any regulation or practice in Germany corresponding, however remotely, to the rule whereby German prisoners in the United Kingdom are allowed to write two letters a week to relatives and friends in Germany on purely private affairs; and can he say whether, owing to the difference between British and German practice, the absence of communications from British prisoners in Germany affords ground for anxiety as to their welfare?


I am not at present officially informed of the rules governing the correspondence of prisoners of war in Germany, which appears to vary in the different camps at the discretion of the Commandants, but I hope that the measures now being taken with the assistance of the American Embassy in Berlin will effect any necessary improvement in this matter.


asked whether a large mansion in the valley of the Trent is being, or has been, fitted up for the detention of German officers captured in the War; and, if so, what amount of money has been spent on it?


Donnington Hall, Leicestershire, has been acquired and fitted up for the confinement of German officer prisoners of war. The amount expended on this service is approximately £13,000, including some £4,000 for furniture.