HC Deb 21 January 1947 vol 432 c29
47. Mr. Rhys Davies

asked the Prime Minister whether those responsible for the official history of the last war will include in their writings the economic and financial consequences of the conflict on the life of the people of this country.

The Prime Minister

Yes, Sir.

Mr. Davies

May I ask my right hon. Friend whether, in view of the fact that histories of past wars have glorified war as an institution, the history of this war will depart from that tradition and show that war has made this nation bankrupt and compelled us to live on the charity of American finance?

Mr. Walkden

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman, apart from kindly or sentimental words, what yardstick he will use to measure the misery and sadness suffered by the average citizen?

The Prime Minister

I am not proposing to use any yardstick at all; the idea of a history is that it should give an historical account. I do not see the special purpose of my hon. Friend's question.

Lieut.-Commander Gurney Braithwaite

Will it include the sufferings endured by our people since 6th July, 1945?