HC Deb 20 January 1942 vol 377 c242W
Sir I. Fraser

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs which are the Protecting Powers for prisoners of war in Germany, Italy, Japan and other enemy countries; and whether the arrangements are working satisfactorily?

Mr. Law

As regards the first part of the Question, I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the reply given on 8th January to my hon. Friend the Member for Chistlehurst (Sir W. Smithers). As regards the last part, I fear I cannot say that arrangements are yet working satisfactorily as regards Japan, since the Japanese Government have not yet replied to a request for an assurance that they will observe the terms of the Prisoners of War Convention. In Germany and Italy and in German- and Italian-occupied territory the Swiss Government have been accorded facilities similar to those previously granted to the United States Government.