HC Deb 20 December 1945 vol 417 cc1671-2W
Captain Marsden

asked the Secretary of State for War what arrangements have been made for the issuing of death certificates for those civilians whose deaths occurred in enemy prisons and concentration camps.

Mr. Bellenger

So far as German civilians are concerned, death certificates were issued in the normal manner by the German registration authorities. But the concentration camps were self-administered and the Registration authorities have no records of deaths which occurred. On the camps being overrun, very few records were recovered. Those which have been recovered are now being sorted for despatch to the Central Record Office of the Control Commission.

In regard to United Nations nationals, the Germans kept certain records of deaths. These are now being searched for, sorted and despatched to the Central Record Office. At this office they are again sorted and forwarded to the country of the individual concerned. The subsequent responsibility for issuing death certificates rests with the Government of that country. It is not yet clear whether any United Kingdom nationals are involved.