HC Deb 16 March 1916 vol 80 cc2275-6W

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if he is aware that tradesmen in England are not allowed to send service kit to officers or men interned at Groningen, Holland; and if he will have the matter seen to?


I am not aware of any restrictions being placed on the dispatch of service kits to officers interned in Holland as suggested in the question, but if my hon. Friend can give me particulars inquiry will be made. As regards the men, the same is true, though I should add that in their case it would scarcely seem necessary for them to order clothes from tradesmen, inasmuch as all that is considered necessary is supplied to them.


asked the Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs to give the names of those composing the Government Committee appointed to deal with questions relating to prisoners of war; and will he define their powers and duties, and state whether they issue Reports and in what relation they stand to Government Departments concerned with the same subject?


I have been asked by my right hon. Friend to answer this question, as it is understood that the hon. Member refers to the Committee appointed by my predecessor. The members of the Committee are:

  • The Hon. Mr. Justice Younger.
  • Sir Reginald Acland, K.C.
  • Adeline, Duchess of Bedford.
  • Colonel W. C. Anderson.
  • Mrs. Pope-Hennessy.
  • Mrs. Livingstone.
  • The Right Hon. Sir Louis du Pan Mallet, G.C.M.G., C.B.
  • Mr. Percy Lubbock.
Its duties are to collect, verify and record information as to the treatment of British subjects who have been made prisoners of war (military or civil) by the enemy, and it embodies the information from time to time in Reports which are kept in the Home Office and the Foreign Office for use as occasion may demand.