HC Deb 21 February 1940 vol 357 cc1318-9
7. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Prime Minister whether, in the distribution of propaganda and information to the German people by aeroplane, broadcasting and other means, he has included, and will include, statements concerning the desirable principles of peace and international reconstruction as advocated by the Labour party?

Mr. Butler

Full prominence is being given in the B.B.C. German programmes to the views of the Labour party, including those expressed in the recent manifesto. The right hon. Gentleman the Leader of the Opposition and other hon. Members opposite have broadcast to Germany, and arrangements are now in progress for a series of broadcasts by Trades Union Council leaders. The sense of the Labour manifesto is, also, being conveyed to Germany by other means at our disposal.

Mr, Sorensen

Do I take it that the right hon. Gentleman and his Government agree that it is highly desirable that Socialists and others in Germany should be fully acquainted with the proposals of the Labour party with regard to peace?

Mr. Butler

If we did not we would not take such elaborate steps.

Mr. G. Strauss

Does it mean that the Government accept these proposals?

Mr. Butler

No; the Government are always very cautious.