S.S. "ettrick" (Internees, Treatment).

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1st July 1941.

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Photo of Mr George Hall Mr George Hall , Merthyr Tydfil Aberdare 12:00 am, 1st July 1941

asked the Secretary of State for War what action has been taken against those responsible for the treatment of interness aboard s.s. "Ettrick" in July, 1940?

Photo of Mr David Margesson Mr David Margesson , Rugby

If my hon. Friend refers to incidents which are said to have occurred during the voyage, I have inquired into these and, as I told my hon. Friend the Member for East Wolverhampton (Mr. Mander) on 25th March, I am satisfied that further action is unnecessary. If he refers to incidents which may have taken place after disembarkation, as my hon. Friend realises this is a matter for the Canadian authorities, and I am not in a position to add anything to the reply given by my hon. Friend the Financial Secretary on 27th May.

Photo of Mr George Hall Mr George Hall , Merthyr Tydfil Aberdare

Will the right hon. and gallant Gentleman recall an answer he gave me some time ago when he promised to have the matter looked into? Will he expedite that inquiry?

Photo of Mr David Margesson Mr David Margesson , Rugby

I think I said in that answer that I was expecting some further report from the Dominion of Canada. I understand that there will be some report coming over in the near future.

Photo of Mr George Hall Mr George Hall , Merthyr Tydfil Aberdare

Will the right hon. and gallant Gentleman try to expedite the results of that inquiry? This happened a long time ago, and it is time something was done.

Photo of Mr David Margesson Mr David Margesson , Rugby

The hon. Member will realise that this is a matter for the Canadian Government and not for the Government at home.