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Volume 437: debated on Tuesday 20 May 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for War how many German prisoners of war were repatriated in March and April from this country and the Middle East, respectively.

From the United Kingdom, 15,477 German prisoners of war were repatriated in March, and 15,515 in April; from the Middle East, 3,997 in March, and 2,691 in April.

Will my right hon. Friend give an assurance that other requirements of shipping will not seriously interfere with the continued repatriation of these men from the Middle East?

I think I have answered questions on that matter previously. Speaking from recollection, I think that the rate of repatriation from the Middle East will be expedited in July.

Will the same procedure for compassionate repatriation apply in the Middle East as in this country?