HC Deb 09 October 1946 vol 427 cc186-7
41. Mr. Skeffington-Lodge

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he will consult with the Governments of the U.S.A. and U.S.S.R. with a view to publishing estimates of the casualties and material destruction caused by Allied air raids on the main centres of population in Germany.

Mr. P. Noel-Baker

As my hon. Friend is, no doubt, aware, the United States Government published a summary report some time ago on the results of the Allied air attack on Germany. I am sending him a copy of this report, and I think he will find that it contains much of what he wants. My Ministry have already obtained all the additional information which we require, and, when the facts have been studied and assessed, we shall certainly consider whether it will be useful to publish a more detailed report of our own.

Mr. Skeffington-Lodge

Does not the Minister realise that for the sake of future peace it is necessary for the world to know how much our ex-enemies suffered, as well as how much suffering they inflicted on others, as soon as full details are available?

Mr. Noel-Baker

I think my hon. Friend will find a great deal in the United States report, which has already been published.

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