§ 11. Mr. Hayman
asked the Minister of Defence whether, in order to allay anxiety and to dispel misunderstanding about the damage to residential areas of Port Said as a result of aerial bombardment, he will both publish and place in the Library of the House of Commons ground photographs of the damage to the Arab quarter destroyed, an area approximately 400 yards by 250 yards, and of the block of buildings severely damaged, an area approximately 220 yards by 100 yards, as indicated in the aerial photographs he has already placed in the Library.
§ Mr. Hayman
Does not the Minister consider that this is very unsatisfactory? All kinds of charges are being made against Britain and are being denied by Her Majesty's Ministers, when a few simple ground photographs would have given the true picture.
§ Captain Duncan
Is my right hon. Friend satisfied with the accuracy of this Question? Is it not a fact that the bulk of the damage at Port Said was done by fire, and very little, if any, by aerial bombardment?
§ Mr. Hayman
May I ask the Minister to bear in mind that the areas I have defined were taken from his own aerial photographs in the Library, and that 411 although he told me last week that the photographs were very clear, I did not find them so?