HC Deb 09 June 1943 vol 390 c680
8. Commander Sir Archibald Southby

asked the Secretary of State for Air, whether, in view of the success which was achieved by the Royal Air Force in their assault upon the dams in Germany, he will put the hydro-electric plant in the Val d'Aosta and the Rumanian oil wells, from which Germany gets supplies of oil, high on the list of priority targets?

Sir A. Sinclair

My hon. and gallant Friend may be assured that all suitable bombing targets are kept under constant review. It would not, however, be in the public interest to discuss the priority accorded to them.

Sir A. Southby

Does the right hon. Baronet appreciate, in regard to targets in Italy, that in view of the ordeal through which Malta has so triumphantly passed, now that we are able to do so it is about time that we bombed military targets in Rome?

Sir A. Sinclair

The choice of targets for bombing is dictated by military considerations.

Major-General Sir Alfred Knox

Is it advisable to ask a Question like this, which serves as a direct warning to the enemy?

Commander Locker-Lampson

Do not bomb Rome.