The attitude of His Majesty's Government in this matter has been repeatedly stated, both on their own behalf and jointly with other Allied Governments. It is not inconsistent with the pronouncement recently made by Mr. Stalin. I would also draw my hon. Friend's attention to the statement I made on 30th August last, defining the attitude of His Majesty's Government to Germany, when I said that—
our policy towards Germany after the war must have a two-fold purpose. On the one hand Germany must be placed in conditions in which it would be impossible for her again to rearm and to resume the struggle for domination over peace-loving nations. We have had enough of that from Germany. On the other hand, it is equally important that she should not become a source of poison to her neighbours and to the world by economic collapse.
It is clear that neither of these purposes is attainable so long as the present régime in Germany continues.