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Missing Prisoners Of War (Russian Zone)

Volume 415: debated on Tuesday 30 October 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether permission has now been obtained for British search teams to enter Soviet-occupied Germany to look for missing British and Dominion prisoners of war.

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether approval has yet been received from the Russian authorities for the entry into the Russian zone of British teams searching for British prisoners of war who are still unaccounted for.

No, Sir. The situation is still as indicated in my reply on 9th October to a Question by the hon. Member for Thirsk and Malton (Mr. Turton).

Have the Russian Government given any reason for this extraordinary refusal?

That is not a matter which is relevant to my Department. It is a question for the Foreign Office.

Will the right hon. Gentleman press this application, in view of the great anxiety of the relatives, which is being aggravated by this delay?

I am afraid I shall have to leave that to hon. Members themselves to press.

Will the right hon. Gentleman not take some action to find 150 British prisoners of war who are lost in the Russian zone in Germany?