HC Deb 13 November 1945 vol 415 cc2060-1W
Mr. S. Marshall

asked the Secretary of State for War what complaints he has received of differentiation in treatment between returned prisoners of war from Europe and those from the Far East, whereby men from Europe have been subjected to such rigorous treatment as to retard their full recovery, both physically and mentally; and if he will have the methods of treatment inquired into so that these men may receive the fullest sympathetic treatment and consideration.

Mr. Lawson

There have been complaints that prisoners of war liberated in Europe were not released on repatriation, like most of those liberated from the Japanese. But the latter suffered exceptional privations of all kinds, and it was decided after full consideration that the concession could not be extended. I cannot agree that the returned prisoners of war from Europe are subjected to rigorous treatment of the type mentioned. At all stages they are treated carefully and sympathetically. Special units with adequate and qualified staffs were formed to deal with them and no man is posted to a unit for further military training unless he has successfully completed preliminary training in the special units and is in all respects medically fit.

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