HC Deb 22 November 1939 vol 353 c1206
27. Mr. Hannah

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that, in order to damage this country, lying tales of the sinking of the "Athenia" are still being circulated by letters posted in neutral countries; and whether he will set out the actual facts in a White Paper or otherwise?

Mr. Shakespeare

I am aware of these fabrications, but they are so obviously false that I think we can safely leave the truth to find its own acceptance.