HC Deb 13 May 1941 vol 371 cc1085-6
Mr. Lees-Smith

(by Private Notice) asked the Prime Minister whether he has any further statement to make with regard to the announcement that Rudolf Hess, the Nazi leader, has landed in Scotland?

The Prime Minister

I have nothing to add at present to the statement issued last night by His Majesty's Government, but obviously a further statement will be made in the near future concerning the flight to this country of this very high and important Nazi leader.

Mr. Lawson

In view of the German propaganda statement over the wireless that this gentleman was suffering from mental instability, has the Prime Minister any information to give us on that matter, or is that particular disease limited to the chief of the German propagandists?

The Prime Minister

Obviously, I have not any information at the moment, but after an examination has been made, I will make a further statement.

Sir Henry Morris-Jones

Will my right hon. Friend consider asking the Minister of Information, if necessary, to see that this piece of news is handled with skill and imagination?

The Prime Minister

I had an opportunity of being in the company of the Minister of Information till a very late hour last night, but I think this is one of these cases where imagination is somewhat baffled by the facts as they present themselves.

Major Vyvyan Adams

Will the Prime Minister bear in mind this "gentleman's" record of devotion to the evil genius of Europe?

The Prime Minister

indicated assent.

Captain Cunningham-Reid

With regard to the Ministry of Information, which has been mentioned, does the Prime Minister consider that it was prudent to announce that Hess was in a Glasgow hospital? Was not that rather unfair on the people of Glasgow, who may now expect a rain of bombs?

The Prime Minister

Perhaps he will not always be in Glasgow.