I have been asked to reply on behalf of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for India. The number of Italian prisoners of war in India is approximately 65,000. In addition to the numbers, which vary from time to time, employed on fatigues and administrative duties in camps, prisoners are employed upon road-making, manufacture of clothing, construction of huts, vegetable gardening and anti-malarial drainage. No Italian prisoners of war sent to India are employed outside that country.
Having regard to the fact that according to the newspapers there are something like 200,000 Italian prisoners, and having regard to the opportunities for work on road-making in Burma, China and elsewhere, how is it that the whole of them are not employed?