Officer prisoners of war in Germany and Italy receive the pay of corresponding ranks in the German and Italian armies. Since payment is made in German and Italian currency, the question of the rate of exchange does not arise.
I am sorry, but I misunderstood the hon. and gallant Member. He means, I understand, at what rate are charges in this country in respect of pay advanced by the enemy calculated for officers? It is 15 Reichmarks or 72 lire to the pound.
Is not that below the real exchange value? Should not it be somewhere nearer 20 Reichmarks? Is the Department not taking advantage of officer prisoners in debiting the amounts they receive in lire and Reichmarks to their accounts here at that rate?