HC Deb 01 June 1916 vol 82 cc2940-1W

asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether he can state what percentage of the parcels sent from this country to British prisoners in Germany have up to now actually been received by the latter?


It is believed that the great majority of parcels which are properly packed and addressed reach the addressees, but it is obviously impossible to state any percentage.


asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will arrange with the United States Embassy at Berlin that the vistis of the members of the Embassy to the camps occupied by the British prisoners of war in Germany, and to the places where British prisoners of war are being employed, shall be largely increased, so that frequent news could be obtained as to the conditions under which all British prisoners of war in Germany live and work?


We understand that four additional members of the United States Embassy at Berlin have recently been appointed to inspect camps in which British prisoners of war are interned. Great energy is being shown by the Embassy in this matter. Between the 9th and 23rd May no less than thirty-four working camps near Berlin were inspected. As the hon. Member is aware, a large number of reports on camps in Germany were recently laid before Parliament.