25. Colonel THORNE
asked the Home Secretary what precisely is the nationality that should be ascribed to a Polish Jew who before was an Austrian subject; if he is aware that the National Polish Committee, which is supposed to be the voice of Poland, say that Jews are not Poles; if he is aware that the Government, by keeping those people interned and subject to police restriction, assume that they are alien enemies; if he is aware that the Austrian Government notified the Swedish Ambassador that the allowances paid to dependants of interned Galician Poles should be stopped, because Galicia is now part of Poland; if he can now say what nationality can the Home Office give to an Austrian Polish Jew; and if he will receive a deputation from the National Polish Committee about the matter?
§ Mr. SHORTT
I am already in communication with the Polish National Commit tee on this subject, and I have every hope that an arrangement may shortly be made by which Polish Jews who are at present technically of enemy nationality, may in proper cases be recognised as Polish citizens and rank as alien friends. At the present moment, I do not think that any useful purpose would be served by a deputation.