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Repatriated Prisoners Of War

Volume 389: debated on Thursday 13 May 1943

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68.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether all prisoners of war who are to be repatriated are, in accordance with Article 68 of the International Convention, to consist of all prisoners of war who are seriously ill or seriously wounded, without regard to rank or numbers, after being rendered fit for transport; and what action he intends taking about the matter?

As was stated on 11th May by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for War in reply to a similar Question by my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Wycombe (Sir A. Knox) those who are being repatriated consist, first, of seriously ill and seriously wounded, and secondly, of chaplains, doctors, medical orderlies and others exclusively concerned with the care of sick and wounded. The repatriation of the first group is provided for in the Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War; that of the second in the Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of Wounded and Sick in Armies in the Field.