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Thursday, 27 May 1915

Senator PEARCE - The answers are -

1.   The number of interned enemy subjects, according to the latest returns received from Commandants, is as follows: - 1st District, 25th May, 137. 2nd District. 24th May, 1,342. 3rd District, 26th May, 420. 4th District, 26th May, 355. 5th District, 20th May, 628. 6th District, 20th May, 58.

Total number interned, 2,940.

Note.- These figures include a small number of naturalized subjects, some of whom are also enemy subjects, and others of whom have ceased to he enemy subjects. 2 and 3. Payment is made to prisoners of war as follows: -

(a)   Prisoners who volunteer for employment in making improvements in the camp of internment, or in other useful work, receive as pocket money the sum of1s. for each day's work. In a few cases where prisoners are specially skilled, or have been useful in supervising the work of their fellow prisoners, larger payments have been authorized. Prisoners in Tasmania, by special arrangement with the State Government, are employed in improving land of the State Government, and that Government pays them at the rate of 2s. per day.

(6)   Officers of enemy merchant vessels who have been deprived of their employment by the detention of their vessels, and officers of enemy forces not within (c), if they have no means, and if the District Commandant thinks necessary, may be paid a sum not exceeding 4s. per week to provide tobacco, toilet necessaries, &c.

(c)   Prisoners of war who are commissioned officers of the naval or military forces of enemy Governments, and who were at the time of capture in receipt of or entitled to full pay, are paid such a sum as, with the cost of the daily ration supplied, will amount to the following sums: -

For second lieutenants, 4s. per day.

For captains and officers . of higher rank, 4s. 6d. per day. Prisoners of war who do not volunteer for employment, and who are not officers, do not receive any pay.

4.   The expenses in connexion with camps of internment vary with the number of prisoners, which is not constant. The present daily cost of the maintenance of interned enemy subjects, including pay of guards, but not including cost of clothing issued to prisoners, is shown in the following statement: -

Daily Cost of Camps of Internment.

Rations. - Prisoners, £167 5s. 5d.; guards, £35 17s. 8d.

Pay and Allowances. - Prisoners - Working pay (paragraph (a) above), £59 3s. 10d.; other pay (paragraphs (b) and (c) above), £3 9s. 9d.; allowances to families, £5 16s. 7d.; guards and other employees, £202 7s. 3d.; other expenses. £24 4s. 2d. Total daily cost, £498 4s. 8d.

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