Ex-Prisoners of War

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 8th February 2006.

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Photo of Vincent Cable Vincent Cable Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had since 2001 with the ex-Prisoners of War Association regarding compensation for British soldiers captured by Germany during the second world war who were subjected to forced labour.

Photo of Ian Pearson Ian Pearson Minister of State (Trade), Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Minister of State (Trade), Department of Trade and Industry

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has not had discussions since 2001 with the ex-Prisoners of War Association regarding compensation for British soldiers held in Germany during the second world war.

The Government are satisfied that British servicemen detained as prisoners of war by the Germans do not fall within the category of forced labourers. A small number of British servicemen detained in Nazi concentration camps received compensation under a special fund paid for by the Germans in the 1960s to victims of Nazi ideology.

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