House of Commons and Westminster Abbey (Bombing).

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information. – in the House of Commons on 21st May 1941.

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Photo of Commander Robert Bower Commander Robert Bower , Cleveland

asked the Minister of Information whether full propaganda use will be made of the fact that the recent damage to the House of Commons and Westminster Abbey was the result of deliberate low-altitude dive- bombing and constituting a deliberate policy of vandalism on the part of Germany?

Photo of Hon. Harold Nicolson Hon. Harold Nicolson , Leicester West

The damage inflicted on Westminster Abbey and the House of Commons was the subject of a special communiqué on the day after the event, and the incident has already received the fullest publicity. While my right hon. Friend does not think that the world stands in need of any further evidence of deliberate vandalism on the part of Germany, he is grateful for this opportunity of calling attention to the fact that the German Press confessed that the destruction was intentional.

Photo of Mr John McGovern Mr John McGovern , Glasgow Shettleston

Is it not more important to give publicity to the destruction of working-class houses than of such institutions?