Miss Eleanor Rathbone: (by Private Notice)asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he can now make a statement concerning the treatment of Jewish displaced persons in the British Zone in Germany.
Miss Eleanor Rathbone: While thanking the hon. Gentleman for his in many ways reassuring report, though there are still admitted deficiencies, may I ask him whether he will consider whether it would not help to forestall criticisms, whether justified or unjustified, if he would follow the example of the President of the United States by appointing a Jewish adviser to the Military Government in our Zone similar to...
Miss Eleanor Rathbone: Is the Minister aware that as far as I have been able to make out—and I have been making inquiries since I first heard of these violent criticisms—the particularly unfair criticisms which he has answered to-day do not seem to have originated in any of the well-known Jewish bodies in this country? They did not even know that the criticisms had been made.
Miss Eleanor Rathbone: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will define his policy regarding the forcible repatriation or deportation of persons claiming to be Stateless; does he send back to their countries of origin persons whose Statelessness isestablished or probable or doubtful; and, in cases where the country of origin has a National Government, does he first obtain the consent of that...
Miss Eleanor Rathbone: Does my right hon. Friend mean that he will no longer deport the man, particulars of whose case have been furnished to him, who was born in a part of Poland which is no longer Poland, left at the age of four, does not speak any Polish, and, being a Jew, will be severely penalised if he goes back to a country to which he does not belong, and has he to ask the leave of the Warsaw Government to...
Miss Eleanor Rathbone: How can there possibly be a country willing to receive a petty criminal and a man who is definitely Stateless according to international legal and customary definitions of Stateless-ness?
Miss Eleanor Rathbone: Is my hon. Friend aware that when these men go back to Germany and leave wives and children behind there is no way in which they can send money back to support their families, and will he go into the question of how to meet that difficulty?
Miss Eleanor Rathbone: asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether any Polish ex-Servicemen are being repatriated from Germany irrespective of whether they consent.
Miss Eleanor Rathbone: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, out of his surplus war store of 2,000,000 blankets, he will now release the 750,000 which he is waiting for the trade to take up, so that they could be used for the needs of those in Germany and other countries, where great numbers of displaced persons and of the native population are actually freezing to death.
Miss Eleanor Rathbone: In view of the still enormous need on the Continent, could not some of the large quantity of blankets which are being held for future sale to the trade also be released?
Miss Eleanor Rathbone: asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether the large numbers of Polish displaced persons who have been repatriated or are being assembled for repatriation in Germany are being sent back only with their consent or irrespective of their wishes; do they include men, women and children; and do they include Jewish persons.
Miss Eleanor Rathbone: Is my hon. Friend sure that this is being fairly carried out, because my information is that many persons are being hustled into giving a dubious assent and cannot easily change it?
Miss Eleanor Rathbone: asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he is now able to report on any arrangements for enabling German Jews or other German victims of Nazi persecution who have been freed from concentration camps or have emerged from hiding, to obtain rations in excess of those allowed to ordinary Germans; and, if so, will he explain the arrangements for enabling these victims to establish...
Miss Eleanor Rathbone: As we have had no opportunity of discussing the Government statement on Palestine, though it has been discussed in another place, can we have an assurance that an opportunity for full discussion will be given shortly after the Recess?
Miss Eleanor Rathbone: Seeing that this man did the utmost harm to the Allied cause while living in Palestine, is it not really the right of the Palestinian authorities to have him handed over?
Miss Eleanor Rathbone: In view of the very large quantity of shipping space taken up by this costly luxury, could not the shipping be better utilised for bringing in necessaries rather than in giving these favours to wealthy individuals?
Miss Eleanor Rathbone: asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that distress has been caused to some aliens who voluntarily joined the British Army by a recent Southern Command Order to the effect that aliens who are not residents of this country when joining the British Army would not be released in their age and service groups; for how long the release of such aliens will be deferred; and whether,...
Miss Eleanor Rathbone: Is it not both ungrateful and short sighted, in view of the impending decline in our population, to put impediments in the way of men who served us voluntarily and now want to become citizens of this country?
Miss Eleanor Rathbone: I am not going to be either repetitive or lengthy. There are two points I want to put, one of them to the right hon. Gentleman the Minister of Food and the other to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. My point for the Minister of Food is this: Does he realise that there is a strong feeling of irritation and indignation among the people of this country at the paterfamilias attitude he...
Miss Eleanor Rathbone: As everybody knows.