HC Deb 29 June 1944 vol 401 cc793-4
45. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Prime Minister whether, to prevent future destruction of civilisation by aerial warfare, he will initiate proposals to the United Nations to consider after the cessation of hostilities the total abolition of aerial warfare and to establish with all peace-loving nations the means of supervising this abolition; and whether this intention will be immediately disseminated among all peoples both friendly and enemy.

The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Eden)

In the view of His Majesty's Government, our peaceful and humane intentions need no new declaration in the House at the present moment.

Mr. Sorensen

Does the right hon. Gentleman then appreciate, as I am sure he does, the frightful potentialities of this form of warfare and that, in fact, unless it is controlled, it will destroy civilisation? In view of that fact, will he not begin to consider an effective means of bringing consolation to a war-weary world?

Mr. Eden

I think the world is rather more concerned with actualities at present.

Mr. Sorensen rose


Mr. Speaker rose


Mr. Sorensen

Am I not allowed to make this statement—[HON. MEMBERS: "No."] On a point of Order, Mr. Speaker. I want to explain that, in view of the unsatisfactory nature of the reply, I beg to give notice that I will raise this matter at the earliest opportunity.