HC Deb 21 October 1942 vol 383 c1947
13. Mr. Thorne

asked the Secretary of State for Air how many times Malta has been raided; how many people have been killed since the declaration of war, the amount of property that has been damaged and the number of aeroplanes that have been brought down?

Sir A. Sinclair

Up to 19th October there have been 1,660 bombing attacks on Malta, and 1,069 enemy aircraft have been destroyed. I understand that, up to 20th September, 1,386 civilians had been killed and 6,704 buildings destroyed or damaged.

Commander Sir Archibald Southby

May I ask my right hon. Friend whether in view of what he has said he does not think it necessary in the interests of the people of Malta, to hit Italy from the air?

Sir A. Sinclair

We have been hitting Italy from the air, and we shall go on hitting Italy.

Viscountess Astor

Very tenderly.