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Women's Internment Camp, Isle Of Man

Volume 387: debated on Tuesday 16 March 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that a woman official of his Department, named Skeen, in applying continental methods of questioning to women detained under Regulation 18B in Camp W, Isle of Man, has recently included, amongst other threats, one to the effect that, when we get a Government like the Russian one in this country, a worse fate than shooting awaits these women, and that one woman who had recently undergone a serious operation has had a breakdown in health since her ordeal; whether this technique and this particular threat, were used by his instructions; and whether he will take steps to deal with the matter?

I have been asked to reply, as the Question relates to an individual who is not a War Office official but is on the staff of the Women's Internment Camp in the Isle of Man which is under Home Office control. I have made inquiries, but am assured that no such methods of questioning as those referred to in the Question have been applied to women detained in this Camp, and that there is no foundation for the suggestion that one of them has had a breakdown in health attributable to improper threats.