HC Deb 15 July 1941 vol 373 c470W
Mr. Mander

asked the Secretary of State of War what is the present position with regard to British prisoners of war in occupied and unoccupied France, in other French territory and in Italy; and whether the conditions are satisfactory and the Red Cross machinery for the distribution of parcels, etc., is functioning effectively?

Mr. Law

According to my latest information, there are now no British prisoners of war in occupied France. All British military personnel in unoccupied France are now detained at a single camp, and a recent report by the Protecting Power indicates that the conditions there are satisfactory. Parcels are being despatched to this camp by the British Red Cross Society. The number of British military personnel detained in Algeria, Tunisia and French West Africa is believed to be small. Parcels of invalid comforts have been despatched by the British Red Cross Society for British personnel in hospital in Tunisia, and arrangements have been made to set up a Red Cross Committee in Gambia for men detained in French West Africa. The reports received from the Protecting Power and the International Red Cross Committee indicate that the treatment accorded to British prisoners of war in Italy is satisfactory. Arrangements have been made by the British Red Cross Society for a regular supply of parcels.

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