HC Deb 28 November 1944 vol 404 cc2418-9W
Mr. Harvey

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware of the losses which have been suffered by many important libraries, including libraries of scientific importance, in the German-occupied territories in Europe; and whether he proposes to request the European Advisory Commission to consider arrangements for the re-equipment of these libraries.

Mr. George Hall

The answer to the first part of the Question is in the affirmative. As regards the second part, the European Advisory Commission is fully occupied with political questions, and my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary therefore does not propose to refer this matter to it at present. The hon. Member is, however, no doubt aware of the admirable work performed by the Books Commission of the Conference of Allied Ministers of Education, of which my right hon. Friend the Minister of Education is Chairman, in facilitating the supply of British books for the countries in question.

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