HC Deb 15 February 1940 vol 357 c969W
Mr. Joel

asked the Prime Minister whether he will provide a full list of instances in which Germany has been guilty of breaches of international law since the outbreak of hostilities?

Mr. Butler

As the Prime Minister stated in his reply to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Chatham (Captain Plugged) on 6th February, the barbarity of Germany's methods of warfare appears to be sufficiently apparent as a result of recent British and neutral statements. Although my hon. Friend's suggestion will be borne in mind, he will appreciate that it would be a very lengthy task to compile a complete list of German violations of international law, which includeinter alias the sinking of neutral as well as allied merchant ships without warning and without providing for the safety of the crews, attacks upon lightships, the bombing of open towns, and the shooting of civilian populations.