HC Deb 02 April 1917 vol 92 c959W

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that every morning some hundreds of German prisoners of war come into Dorchester for work at small workshops in the town; whether he is aware that at one small cabinet-maker's workshop five Germans are employed at cabinet-making for a small pittance to the detriment of the wages and employment of British workmen; whether he is aware that two British soldiers remain at this small cabinet-maker's workshop all day guarding the prisoners; and whether, having regard to the circumstances stated, employment on the land or on road-making will be found for these prisoners?


Practically all the German prisoners of war at Dorchester who are available for employment have already been allocated for work of national importance, but the necessary accommodation for them is not yet ready. In the meantime, the Commandant has been authorised to allow them, at his discretion, to work for local employers by the week only.