HC Deb 08 March 1955 vol 538 cc31-2W
88. Mrs. Braddock

asked the Secretary of State for War if he has any information regarding the escape, from the Military Detention Camp, Colchester, of 11 Service men; why they had arranged to try to communicate with the hon. Member for Exchange Division, Liverpool, if free long enough; and what opportunities the men detained at Colchester have to communicate with their Member of Parliament.

Mr. F. Maclean

These men escaped during a snowstorm when they were marching back to their billets from the dining hall. Four were recaptured immediately; six were subsequently recaptured by the civil police and one is still at large. My right hon. Friend was not aware that these men had arranged to communicate with the hon. Member, nor have any of them now back in military custody asked to be allowed to do so. No obstacle is put in the way of men detained in the Military Corrective Establishment at Colchester who wish to write to their Members of Parliament.