asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether all persons in North Africa who had been imprisoned because of their opposition to Nazi domination have been liberated; whether all laws and decrees inspired by Nazi ideology have been abrogated; and whether the persons affected included Jewish people interned for racial reasons, international brigaders and Spaniards who fought in the Spanish civil war and are now imprisoned, interned or working in forced labour companies in North Africa?
As the House is aware, North Africa is still a zone of military operations under the command of the United States Commander-in-Chief. His Majesty's Government have, of course, been in consultation with the United States Government on these matters. Hon. Members will have seen the statement recently made by President Roosevelt upon which I cannot comment at this juncture.
In view of the fact that we have a political representative there, will the right hon. Gentleman make representations that the Free French prisoners should be allowed to join General de Gaulle and not be left to the mercy of the Darlan Fascist régime; and will he see that these prisoners are referred to in terms of liberation and not of amnesty?
As I understand it, these French prisoners have almost all of them been released. In point of fact, one of the most distinguished generals—General Bethouard, I think it was—announced the other day, is Chief of Staff to General Giraud, so I do not really know what my hon. Friend means.