HC Deb 06 March 1941 vol 369 c1044W
Mr. Goldie

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether, in cases where individual parcels are being sent to British prisoners of war by friends in neutral countries, arrangements can be made whereby relatives of such prisoners in this country can reimburse to such neutrals the cost of parcels so sent?

Captain Crookshank

No, Sir, but I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Financial Secretary of the War Office to my hon. Friend the Member for South Kensington (Sir W. Davison) on 4th March. If organisations in neutral countries will address their parcels to the camp captains for distribution, the cost can be recovered by such organisations from the war organisation of the British Red Cross and Order of St. John, who would, I feel sure, gratefully accept donations sent for this purpose. It is not possible however to grant special facilities in the way of foreign exchange to prisoners' relatives in this country to pay for parcels sent outside the arrangement described above.