HC Deb 08 May 1940 vol 360 cc1222-3
46. Captain Ramsay

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the fact that it is now clearly proved that infantry without air supremacy cannot successfully engage a well-armed enemy possessing that superiority, he will assure the House that British forces at Narvik shall not remain exposed to such grave risks unless and until such aerial supremacy has been reasonably assured?

The Prime Minister

My hon. and gallant Friend can rest assured that His Majesty's Government have fully in mind the considerations such as he mentions.

Mr. Dalton

Are we also to have in mind the possibility of Narvik being evacuated to the Nazi forces?

Captain Ramsay

Would not everybody desire that young lives should not be thrown away, merely in order to retrieve the mistakes of politicians?