§ 49. Mr. Stokes
asked the Prime Minister whether the Morgenthau proposal to destroy Germany as an industrial state was considered at Quebec; whether it had the approval of His Majesty's Government; and for what reason Mr. Cordell Hull and Mr. Stimson did not take part in the discussions.
§ Mr. Eden
My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister is sure that it would be most undesirable to discuss the terms which are to be imposed upon Germany when she has been defeated, in a piecemeal fashion on Questions prompted by rumour and hearsay. Such matters are of the greatest consequence and must be the subject of agreement between the principal Powers.
§ Mr. Stokes
But is my right hon. Friend aware that this report has been in responsible newspapers in this country and in America? Is he further aware that if the Morganthau plan is carried out, it will lead to the general lowering of the standard of living throughout Europe and, in the opinion of a great many people, another war will follow?
§ Mr. Stokes
May I ask my right hon. Friend whether it is totally inaccurate that this matter was discussed at Quebec?
§ Mr. Silverman
While recognising the inadvisability of discussing the matter piecemeal, when will the right hon. Gentleman be in a position to give us a complete account of what proposals are to be made?
§ Mr. McGovern
Is it completely out of Order now for hon. Members of this House to ask about anything that has been discussed in any of these conferences?