HC Deb 20 February 1941 vol 369 c309W
Mr. Muff

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what steps are being taken to repatriate civilian prisoners of war in Germany; and will such repatriation apply to fishermen taken prisoner whilst on their lawful occasions?

Mr. Butler

My right hon. Friend has constantly in mind the possibility of negotiating an exchange of civilian internees, other than those of military age. The hon. Member will, however, I am sure, appreciate that transport difficulties are a very great obstacle to the negotiation of an exchange at the present time. In any case no arrangements would be likely to include men of military age.