HC Deb 27 September 1944 vol 403 cc234-5
45. Sir T. Moore

asked the Prime Minister whether the United Nations have fixed any final date before the conclusion of hostilities with Germany prior to which a former enemy country is permitted to change sides and enjoy the benefits of doing so.

Mr. Attlee

No, Sir.

Sir T. Moore

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman if the present policy coincides or can be reconciled with the policy of unconditional surrender?

Mr. Attlee

His Majesty's Government have always made it plain that the conditions would be harder the longer the satellites remained with the Germans, but I would point out to my hon. and gallant Friend that I really cannot understand how it is possible to fix a date on which action must be taken, by reference to some unascertainable date in the future.

Mr. Austin Hopkinson

Is there any time limit within which Ministers of the Crown are permitted to change sides?