Oral Answers to Questions — Rudolf Hess's Wife

– in the House of Commons on 20th October 1942.

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Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what reply is being made to the request of Frau Hess, the wife of Rudolf Hess, who is now somewhere in England, for permission to join her husband?

Photo of Mr Richard Law Mr Richard Law , Kingston upon Hull South West

I am not clear as to what my hon. Friend means by his Question. If the suggestion is that Frau Hess is in England, this is not so. In any case no such request has been received from her. As the Prime Minister stated in the House on 20th May, 1941, Hess is being treated as a prisoner of war and will receive appropriate treatment. Even if such a request had been made, there would be no question of granting such facilities, for which there is no provision in the Prisoners of War Convention.

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there is a good deal of interest taken in the matter? Has the hon. Gentleman seen a similar photo to that sent to me of Mrs. Hess?