HC Deb 12 December 1939 vol 355 c1048W
Colonel Wedgwood

asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the beating-up of the 40 Polish Jews who have joined the Polish Army in France, he will consider allowing Polish Jews in this country to join the British Army instead of compelling them to go to France to join the Polish Army raised in that country?

Sir V. Warrender

As was stated by my right hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in reply to a question on 8th November last, the Polish Government have no powers of compulsion over their nationals resident in this country, but Polish law provides for the withdrawal of consular protection and possibly also of Polish citizenship in cases where Polish nationals attempt to evade conscription.

Subject to the risk of these penalties, Polish nationals are eligible, equally with other aliens, for enlistment in the British Army. The statement made in the question has been authoritatively denied.