asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the German broadcast that only traffic urgently required in the war effort could be carried on the railways, he can give the House information as to whether parcels for prisoners of war are reaching the camps from Geneva; and how many have been dispatched from here in May and June?
Detailed information regarding the arrival in camps of food parcels despatched from Geneva is dependent upon the receipt of acknowledgments from the camps for particular consignments, and, naturally, some time elapses before these are received. I have no information, however, which would suggest that the transport of parcels to the camps has been interrupted. Despatches from Geneva to the camps were as follow: in May, approximately 360,000; June 1st to 15th (that is to say, in the first half of June) approximately 300,000. Included in the latter figure are a large number of parcels for replenishing the camp reserves in Germany.
I am not quite sure through what channel I should make inquiries. The best information available is the ultimate receipt of the notice that the consignments have been received. That usually arrives after two months.
In view of recent assurances by my right hon. Friend that supplies have been received, who is the person who signs the receipt for the consignment at the camp, and what assurances have we that bulk supplies which are sent are actually distributed to prisoners of war?