20. To ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been called to statements in the Press to the effect that the usual method of enforcing the collection of taxes in Mesopotamia is by air raids and the dropping of bombs on the native villages and encampments; whether any notice is given before such raids in order that women and children may be placed in safety; how many such raids have been undertaken during the present year; and what are the total casualties inflicted by such raids during the present year to date?
In determining policy in this matter, will the hon. Gentleman take into consideration that the nerve disease and distress to the whole population are often very much greater from a dread of air raids than the injury to life and limb, and will he look into this as—[HON. MEMBERS: "Speech!"]