Oral Answers to Questions — Greece (Evacuation of Children).

– in the House of Commons on 25th February 1942.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore , Ayr District of Burghs

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any statement to make on the evacuation of starving children from Greece, or whether he has any other plans for assisting our Greek Allies?

Photo of Mr Anthony Eden Mr Anthony Eden , Warwick and Leamington

Yes, Sir. For some time past the removal of a number of Greek children from Greece has been under consideration by His Majesty's Government in consultation with the Greek Government, but I am not yet in a position to give any further information on the subject. As regards the second part of the Question, I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the reply given yesterday by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Economic Warfare.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore , Ayr District of Burghs

Even if steps can be taken, as indicated, to evacuate these starving children, can nothing be done for the mothers and fathers of future Greek children? Surely it is not beyond the capacity of the Allied wheat-producing nations to come to the assistance of these sorely pressed people?

Photo of Mr Anthony Eden Mr Anthony Eden , Warwick and Leamington

We have every sympathy with this problem. A first arrangement has been made and, if that is successful, I am not without hope that perhaps some other arrangement may be possible, but I must remind the House that the reason for this state of affairs is entirely because the Germans have refused to carry out their international duty of taking care of a country which they have occupied.