49. Mr. E. P. Smith
asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many convicts in the Belsen trial were adjudged guilty of murder and did not receive sentence of death.
§ Mr. Mathers (Treasurer of the Household)
None of the accused in the Belsen trial was specifically charged with murder. The charges related to ill-treatment of internees which, in some cases, caused their deaths. Eleven of the 30 found guilty were sentenced to death, but the Court did not specifically state in its findings that any of them had been responsible for causing deaths.
§ Mr. Vernon Bartlett
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that his reply shows what a farce the whole thing is?