Oral Answers to Questions — Italian Prisoners of War (Non-Co-Operators)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29 May 1945.

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Photo of Sir Alfred Beit Sir Alfred Beit , St Pancras South East 12:00, 29 May 1945

asked the Secretary of State for War what is the proportion of non-co-operators amongst the Italian prisoners of war in British hands.

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

About a quarter of the Italian prisoners in this country are non-co-operators. This includes, of course, those for whom no suitable employment can be found.

Photo of Sir Alfred Beit Sir Alfred Beit , St Pancras South East

Is there any material difference in the treatment of co-operators and non-co-operators?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

If my hon. Friend wants to know exactly the difference and puts down a Question I will give him the information.

Viscountess Astor:

Why not send the non-co-operators back to their native land?