HC Deb 04 July 1918 vol 107 c1873W
Colonel FABER

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether Von Tirpitz is still a prisoner in this country; if he is not, why he was repatriated and on what date; and between what dates was he in this country and where he was interned during that period?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the negative. Von Tirpitz was released for internment in Holland on the 9th January last, in strict conformity with the Hague Agreement of 1917. He was captured in the North Sea on the 28th August, 1914, and was interned in the prisoner-of-war camp at Redford on the 30th August. In September of that year he was transferred to the camp at Dyffryn Aled, where he remained until December last, when he was removed to Kegworth.


asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether German officers who are prisoners of war in this country have also had their ration of meat reduced to 4 ozs. on three days a week, and, if not, what is the quantity granted to them; and how much is allowed to English officers who are prisoners in Germany?


Officer prisoners of war in this country do not draw rations, but are allowed to purchase foodstuffs within certain limits which have been fixed by the War Office, with the approval of the Ministry of Food. The amount of meat purchased weekly must not exceed 16 ozs. of fresh meat (including bone) and 4 ozs. of preserved meat. As regards British officer prisoners of war in Germany, I regret that there is no detailed information, but I fear that, as in the case of the men, the food conditions leave much to be desired.