Oral Answers to Questions — War Casualties (Publication)

– in the House of Commons on 10th February 1942.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

asked the Prime Minister whether he has ascertained the decision of the Governments of the Dominions and of India respecting the publication of the number of casualties; and whether there will be any periodic publication of these figures, together with our own?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

The Government of India have now agreed to the publication of the figures in question, so far as they are concerned, but the replies of the Dominion Governments on the matter are not yet complete. I regret that, in the meanwhile, I am not in a position to reply to the second part of the hon. Member's Question.

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

Are the casualties among Indian troops likely to be published in the near future?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

I am awaiting a reply from the Dominions.

Photo of Mr Jack Lawson Mr Jack Lawson , Chester-le-Street

Why feed the mouths of the enemy on matters of this kind?