HC Deb 10 August 1916 vol 85 c1261W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will state upon whose authority the statement, contained in the Secretary of State's Note of 21st July to the American Ambassador, was made to the effect that soap is not granted free of charge in the internment camps in this country, and upon whose authority it was contradicted in the Note of 25th July; and will he issue instructions to the various Departments concerned that communications affecting the welfare of British prisoners should be in accordance with the facts?


The error is due to a misunderstanding which is regretted, but the hon. Member no doubt realises that in war time work in every Department has to be done under great pressure.