HC Deb 12 March 1941 vol 369 c1258
5. Mr. Wedgwood

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been drawn to attacks on this country by the French official wireless, apropos of Joan of Arc, and to the reported fitting out of German raiders in Japanese ports; and whether he will consider some more effective answer than protests to such hostile actions?

Mr. Butler

As the right hon. Gentleman may be aware, all broadcasts from France are subject to direct or indirect German control. It is one of the principal functions of British broadcasts to refute such misstatements as may be made. As for the action which should be taken if it is proved that German raiders are assisted by non-belligerent Powers, this is a defence matter which it would obviously not be in the public interest to discuss.

Mr. Wedgwood

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the policy of appeasement has failed, and that we must make these countries as afraid of us as they are of the Germans?