HC Deb 14 December 1943 vol 395 cc1391-2
49. Mr. Wilfrid Roberts

asked the Prime Minister whether the undertaking given by the Secretary of State for Air on behalf of the Government, on 21st August, 1940, that the Emergency Powers Act and the regulations and penalties derived from it will vanish with the passing of the emergency still represents the intention of the Government?

Mr. Attlee

The Prime Minister's message, which was announced by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Air in his speech on 21st August, 1940, was, of course, mainly directed to civil liberties; in particular, a free Parliament and a free Press. Having re-read the message, I can assure my hon. Friend that it still represents the intention of His Majesty's Government, namely, to dispense with the powers in question as soon as the emergency has passed.

Mr. Roberts

May I ask specifically whether this refers to the Emergency Powers Act?

Mr. Attlee

If the hon. Member will read the reply, I think he will see.