HC Deb 25 February 1942 vol 378 cc179-80
5. Lieut.-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any statement to make on the evacuation of starving children from Greece, or whether he has any other plans for assisting our Greek Allies?

Mr. Eden

Yes, Sir. For some time past the removal of a number of Greek children from Greece has been under consideration by His Majesty's Government in consultation with the Greek Government, but I am not yet in a position to give any further information on the subject. As regards the second part of the Question, I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the reply given yesterday by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Economic Warfare.

Sir T. Moore

Even if steps can be taken, as indicated, to evacuate these starving children, can nothing be done for the mothers and fathers of future Greek children? Surely it is not beyond the capacity of the Allied wheat-producing nations to come to the assistance of these sorely pressed people?

Mr. Eden

We have every sympathy with this problem. A first arrangement has been made and, if that is successful, I am not without hope that perhaps some other arrangement may be possible, but I must remind the House that the reason for this state of affairs is entirely because the Germans have refused to carry out their international duty of taking care of a country which they have occupied.