§ 10. Mr. Edmund Harvey
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Economic Warfare whether the attention of the Government has been drawn to the offer of Admiral Horthy to permit Jewish children to leave Hungary in cases in which neutral countries are willing to receive the children; and whether assurance will be given to neutral countries willing to accept these children that provision will be made for a corresponding increase in food supplies to be allowed to reach them through the blockade.
§ The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Economic Warfare (Mr. Dingle Foot)
Yes, Sir. His Majesty's Government have been informed by the International Red Cross of the offer referred to in the Question. As regards the second part of the Question both His Majesty's Government and the United States Government have always been anxious to facilitate the reception in neutral countries both of Jewish children from any part of Axis Europe and also of children from enemy occupied countries. On a number of occasions, particularly during the past year, assurances have been given to certain neutral Governments that if schemes of this kind could be arranged, His Majesty's Government and the United States Government would sanction the 1141 importation of additional supplies through the blockade over and above the normal blockade quotas which such countries are permitted to receive through our controls. Since receiving the communication from the International Red Cross to which I referred, His Majesty's Government have informed these Governments that our offer of increased imports holds good in this particular case. I understand that a similar assurance has been or is being given by the United States Government.
§ Mr. Quintin Hogg
In view of the specific terms of the alleged offer from Admiral Horthy, would not the hon. Gentleman consider conveying through the appropriate channel the acceptance of these terms, so that any children exported from Hungary will be accepted?
§ Mr. Foot
The offer, of course, was communicated to us through the International Red Cross and we have replied to the International Red Cross saying that, as far as this part of the offer is concerned, we are perfectly willing to do everything in our power to see that these children are evacuated as rapidly as possible.
§ Earl Winterton
Is it not a fact that it always has been possible to put these children into neutral countries? The difficulty has been to get them out of the other countries.