HC Deb 23 July 1943 vol 391 cc1227-8W
Rear-Admiral Beamish

asked the Secretary of State for War what information he has regarding the conditions in Campo P.G. 35; and whether Red Cross parcels and other mail are being received by prisoners in that camp?

Sir J. Grigg

Camp 35, which is at Padulla, near Naples, was last visited by a representative of the International Red Cross Committee, on 17th March, 1943. This report did not disclose any very serious defect. It is, however, clear from information received from repatriated prisoners of war that conditions, in some respects, are not good. The camp is overcrowded and there is insufficient lighting. Adequate supplies of standard food parcels have been despatched to this camp from Geneva, but, largely owing to the dislocation of transport in Italy, only a limited number reached the camp in the months before the visit of the representative of the International Red Cross Committee. He reported, however, that mail was reaching the camp satisfactorily.