HC Deb 18 March 1940 vol 358 cc1616-7
6. Mr. Thorne

asked the Prime Minister whether he has any information as to how many Polish children have been taken away from the various parts of Poland under German control; and the manner in which this has been done?

Mr. Butler

Exact figures are difficult to secure in present circumstances. Children are, however, included among the Polish population now being systematically deported from their homes by the German Government, and it is clear that this process is being carried out with the brutality which we associate with German activity in Poland.

Mr. Thorne

May I ask the Undersecretary of State whether he saw the leading article in the "Manchester Guardian" last week about the inhuman way in which these children are being treated?

Mr. Butler

Yes, Sir, and I read it with regret.