§ Mr. Skeffington-Lodge
asked the Secretary of State for War whether in the case of those prisoners of war who have opted to stay as volunteers for agricultural work in this country he will, at least in the case of those getting married, allow them to draw in British currency all or a proportion of the sum due to them when this event takes place.
§ Mr. Shinwell
Under present arrangements the credit balances of German prisoners of war are met from German economy and the payment of such balances in sterling would transfer the liability to the British taxpayer. The prisoners in question are remaining temporarily and on a voluntary basis. Their credit balances will be paid to them in marks on their return to Germany—as in 307W the case of all other German prisoners of war—and I do not consider they should be treated preferentially in this respect.