Oral Answers to Questions — Prisoners of War (Treatment)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th February 1945.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Purbrick Mr Reginald Purbrick , Liverpool, Walton 12:00 am, 7th February 1945

asked the Prime Minister whether he will notify the Germans that unless our prisoners of war in their hands are properly fed and housed, we shall reduce the standard of conditions of living of the German prisoners of war in our hands to the same level.

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

No, Sir. The obligations imposed by the Geneva Convention are that the food and housing conditions of prisoners of war should correspond with those of the depot troops of the detaining Power. It is the policy of all His Majesty's Governments to comply with these obligations.

Photo of Mr Reginald Purbrick Mr Reginald Purbrick , Liverpool, Walton

Are we to understand from that that it is not the policy of the Government to have these reprisals?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

The policy of the Government is as I have stated.

Photo of Mr John McGovern Mr John McGovern , Glasgow Shettleston

Will my right hon. Friend realise that the people of this country will be against using the physical well-being of the prisoners for a battle between brutal Governments?