HC Deb 17 July 1918 vol 108 cc1064-5W

asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office if German prisoners in England receive any payment in money; if so, what is the amount; and whether this sum is paid by the British Government?


Officers of rank of captain and over are allowed 4s. 6d. per day, below captain 4s. per day. It is paid by the British Government; but, under the terms of The Hague Convention, a refund will be made by the German Government at the end of the War. The officers pay for their food and clothing from this sum. Other ranks receive no pay from us except as follows: Medical and sanitary personnel receive the pay of the corresponding rank in our Army; prisoners employed on work other than camp fatigues receive working pay in accordance with the Pay Warrant.

Commander BELLAIRS

asked the President of the Board of Agriculture whether he is aware that the Dutch Government and the Netherlands Oversea Trust offer no objection to British prisoners of war in the Netherlands having dogs sent them from this country; why, if the dogs are of no value to Great Britain, the British Government is preventing them from being sent; and whether the restriction applies to the toy dogs which British prisoners have ordered but been unable to ship owing to Government interference?

Captain Viscount WOLMER

It is not the policy of His Majesty's Government to place obstacles in the way of the export of pet dogs to prisoners of war in Holland. If my hon. and gallant Friend can give me any instances of difficulties that have occurred, I shall be pleased to inquire into the matter.


asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is now in a position to make any statement with regard to the British prisoners in the hands of the Turks; and if this question was discussed by him at The Hague?


It is not possible to add anything to the reply on this subject which was returned to a question by my Noble Friend the Member for South Nottingham on the 8th instant, nor am I able to say before the British delegates return from The Hague how far the question was discussed by them.

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