Egypt

Oral Answers to Questions — Prisoners of War – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th January 1948.

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Photo of Commander Sir Douglas Marshall Commander Sir Douglas Marshall , Bodmin 12:00 am, 20th January 1948

asked the Secretary of State for War what is the exact number of German prisoners of war in Egypt at the moment.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

At 3rst December, 50,158.

Photo of Commander Sir Douglas Marshall Commander Sir Douglas Marshall , Bodmin

Can the right hon. Gentleman indicate any date when these prisoners will be repatriated?

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

We are hoping to complete the task some time at the back end of the year.

Photo of Mr Thomas Skeffington-Lodge Mr Thomas Skeffington-Lodge , Bedford

Will these prisoners be given the same opportunity voluntarily to remain in Allied hands as alien civilian workers, as are the prisoners in this country?

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

The point is interesting, but it was not contained in the Question.

Photo of Colonel Leonard Ropner Colonel Leonard Ropner , Barkston Ash

Will the right hon. Gentleman state whether there is any scheme of repatriation, and is it being kept up to date?

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

What we are doing is based on a scheme.