HC Deb 23 October 1986 vol 102 cc936-7W
Mr. Freeson

asked the Prime Minister if she will now make a further statement on progress being made with the investigation of Ministry of Defence records regarding the alleged involvement of Dr. Kurt Waldheim of German Army Group E in the interrogation and subsequent deaths of British prisoners of war during world war 2.

The Prime Minister

In May hon. Members sent to me and to the Leader of the House the names of eight service men believed to have been taken prisoner in Greece by German Army Group E during world war 2. On 9 June the hon. and learned Member for Leicester, West (Mr. Janner) sent four further names to the Secretary of State for Defence. The Ministry of Defence has undertaken a thorough and painstaking search of military records for information relevant to Dr. Waldheim's involvement in the fate of these men. The search relating to the first group of eight service men has been completed. Of these, two are known to have survived the war; one died of wounds; and the fate of the rest cannot be precisely established. The search relating to the second group of four service men is continuing. The search of records so far completed has revealed no evidence of criminal activity on the part of Dr. Waldheim.

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