HC Deb 21 January 1941 vol 368 cc53-4W
Sir R. Glyn

asked the Minister of Shipping how many officers and men of the British Mercantile Marine are confined as prisoners of war and in which countries; and what steps are being taken to ensure their proper treatment and their early release?

Mr. Cross

Ninety officers and 395 men of the Mercantile Marine are reported to be interned in Germany. They are interned in camps which are inspected by representatives of the American Embassy and of the International Red Cross, who bring defects to the notice of the German authorities, and endeavour to have them remedied. Reports are received of these inspections and of the action taken with a view to remedying any defects which may be found.