HC Deb 05 June 1945 vol 411 c728W
Mr. I. Thomas

asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the end of the war in Europe, he will take steps to secure the early repatriation of Italian prisoners to their own country.

Mr. H. Lawson

asked the Secretary of State for War what is the total number of Italian co-operators in this country; if those who wish to return to Italy are allowed to do so; and if he will state the Government's plans for their repatriation.

Sir J. Grigg

There are 118,000 Italian co-operators in this country. The question of their future is under consideration, but of course it must be recognised that the shipping of such large numbers in the near future will be a matter of considerable difficulty.