The actual document has not been received in this country. Its gist, however, is as follows:
Because of the great expenditure of fuel in the East the fuel situation in the Reich is severely strained. Imports of fuel from Europe for the Panzer Group in Africa have accordingly been severely reduced. In particular we cannot in future count on replacements of fuel lost through enemy action. Still further restriction on petrol consumption is required.
In view of the immense importance of the German admission that there is a shortage of oil in Germany itself for the Russian and other campaigns, will my right hon. Friend urge on the Air Ministry that they should restart the policy of bombing oil targets, particularly those at Bari and Naples?