HC Deb 07 September 1939 vol 351 cc568-9
11. Mr. Lewis

asked the Prime Minister whether he will make available to Members of this House a translation of the note to the German people of which the Ministry of Information state more than 6,000,000 copies were dropped by British aircraft on the night of 3rd September?

The Lord Privy Seal (Sir Samuel Hoare)

I have been asked to reply. I shall be happy to comply with my hon. Friend's request, and I am accordingly circulating in the Official Report a translation of the leaflet to which he refers.

Mr. Pritt

Without prejudice to anything that may happen hereafter, could the right hon. Gentleman make that general? As far as those of us who know something about Germany are concerned, from what we see in the papers, we think the leaflets are very good, but whether they are good or bad, the public ought to see them.

Mr. Radford

Did my right hon. Friend say that he would send a translation to all hon. Members?

Sir S. Hoare

I said I would circulate it in the Official Report, and I see no reason why a similar practice should not be adopted continuously, although I will make the reservation that there might be exceptional cases, but I have not got them in mind.

Sir H. Williams

May I ask whether the document that is to be published is the one which appeared in the newspapers two days ago?

Sir S. Hoare

Yes, Sir.

Miss Wilkinson

In view of the fact that part of that document said that there was no objection in this country either to the Anschluss or to the linking up of Sudetenland with Germany, may I ask whether we are to understand that these bulletins do not contain tendentious Conservative propaganda?

Sir S. Hoare

I cannot accept any of the assumptions that underly the hon. Lady's question.

Following is the translation of the leaflet:

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