Part of 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 Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham 12:00 am, 20th January 1948

Twenty thousand seven hundred and two and 1,916 German prisoners of war were repatriated from Great Britain and the Middle East respectively during December, 1947, and it is hoped to repatriate 2,365 from the Middle East during January, 1948. I should like to take this opportunity of announcing that during the first quarter of 1948 it is proposed to repatriate 74,000 prisoners of war from Great Britain and it is hoped to complete their repatriation during July. The Middle East presents a more difficult problem but it is intended to repatriate 15,000 in each of the first two quarters of 1948 and I hope to complete repatriation at an earlier date than was originally visualised.