HC Deb 08 February 1945 vol 407 c2256W
Mr. Kirby

asked the Secretary of State for War why the Mayors of Birkenhead, Bootle and Bebington were not allowed on board the "Letitia" for the purpose of giving a civic welcome to repatriated prisoners of war when they recently arrived in Liverpool.

Mr. A. Henderson

The men who are repatriated naturally wish to disembark as soon as possible. The invitations to board the ship are, therefore, in general confined to those who have specific duties to perform in connection with the arrival of the men. I understand, however, that the Mayors referred to by my hon. Friend did in fact go on board.