Repatriation

Oral Answers to Questions — Prisoners of War – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd March 1948.

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Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich 12:00 am, 2nd March 1948

asked the Secretary of State for War how many prisoners of war are still detained in Cyprus; and when it is proposed that they should be returned to their own country.

Photo of Mr Michael Maitland Stewart Mr Michael Maitland Stewart , Fulham East

On 31st December there were approximately 1,000 prisoners of war in Cyprus. They will be repatriated along with prisoners of war from other parts of the Middle East.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

Is my hon. Friend aware of the short distance across the water, and would it not be possible to pop them across to Greece and let them find their own way home?

Photo of Mr Michael Maitland Stewart Mr Michael Maitland Stewart , Fulham East

I do not think that would be an improvement on the present system.

Photo of Mr Frederick Skinnard Mr Frederick Skinnard , Harrow East

asked the Secretary of State for War what are the powers of camp commandants to defer repatriation of prisoners-of-war as punishment for breaches of disciplinary regulations.

Photo of Mr Michael Maitland Stewart Mr Michael Maitland Stewart , Fulham East

The camp commandant can recommend deferment of repatriation in the case of a prisoner of war who habitually misconducts himself. This compulsory deferment must, however, be approved by the local commander and is limited to three months.

Photo of Mr Frederick Skinnard Mr Frederick Skinnard , Harrow East

In view of the possibly detrimental effect on the announced programme of repatriation of any considerable extension of this practice, will the Under-Secretary of State consider notifying the camp commandant that it would be preferable if alternative disciplinary measures were taken?

Photo of Mr Michael Maitland Stewart Mr Michael Maitland Stewart , Fulham East

I will consider that, but we have no reason to suppose that the use of this method will endanger the repatriation scheme as a whole.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is now able to state the final date by which all prisoners of war in the Middle East will have been repatriated to their country.

Photo of Mr Michael Maitland Stewart Mr Michael Maitland Stewart , Fulham East

It is hoped to complete the repatriation of prisoners of war from the Middle East during October, 1948