HC Deb 27 September 1944 vol 403 c256W
Sir G. Jeffreys

asked the Postmaster-General whether the Germans send parcels to German prisoners of war in our hands in the same way that friends in this country send them to British prisoners of war; and, if so, how does the number of such parcels sent from Germany compare with the number sent from this country.

Captain Crookshank

Yes, Sir. During the first seven months of this year the number of parcels posted in the United Kingdom and addressed individually to British prisoners of war and civilian internees in Germany averaged 15 parcels per prisoner or internee, and during the same period the number received here from Germany for German prisoners of war and civilian internees averaged five per prisoner or internee. My hon. and gallant Friend is no doubt aware that, apart from the parcels addressed individually to them, British prisoners and internees in Germany receive food and other parcels sent by the British Red Cross through the medium of the International Red Cross Committee. Similarly German prisoners in this country are supplied with comforts from funds placed at the disposal of the London Delegate of the International Red Cross Committee.