HC Deb 14 October 1941 vol 374 cc1261-2W
Mr. Storey

asked the Secretary of State for War what functions in connection with prisoners of war have been entrusted to the war organisation of the British Red Cross and Order of St. John?

Captain Margesson

As the Prime Minister stated in the House last November, His Majesty's Government have entrusted to the War Organisation of the British Red Cross and Order of St. John the duties connected with the despatch of food and clothing parcels to British prisoners of war. In addition, by reason of its independence of Government control and its relationship with the International Red Cross Committee at Geneva, the War Organisation is able to discharge many voluntary and unofficial functions connected with the interests of prisoners of war and their relatives.