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Poles (British Nationality)

Volume 413: debated on Thursday 23 August 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how far the arrangements for granting British or Imperial nationality to certain Polish Forces have proceeded; how far the Dominions have accepted the idea; and what procedure has been adopted to inform Polish Forces released from enemy prison camps of the impending offer.

My information is that, following on the establishment of the Polish Provisional Government in Warsaw and the development of the situation in Poland, large numbers of Polish nationals who were formerly reluctant to be repatriated are now ready to return home. It is clearly of primary importance, and in the best interests of the Polish nationals concerned, that as many as possible should be encouraged to return to Poland in the light of full information as to the conditions which they are likely to find on arrival, and it is on this aspect of the situation that the Governments concerned, among them His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom, in co operation with the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, are at present concentrating.