Oral Answers to Questions — French Warships (German Sailors).

– in the House of Commons on 4th June 1942.

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Photo of Sir William Davison Sir William Davison , Kensington South

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been called to the fact that Laval, on behalf of the Vichy Government, has given permission for German officers and men to train on French warships while at the same time French officers are being removed from their ships; and what action is being taken to prevent such ships, with their German ships' companies, from putting to sea notwithstanding the definite assurances given by Marshal Pétain that no warships would be handed over to Germany?

Photo of Mr Richard Law Mr Richard Law , Kingston upon Hull South West

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply given to my hon. Friend the Member for Moseley (Sir P. Hannon) on 3rd June, to which I have nothing to add.

Photo of Sir William Davison Sir William Davison , Kensington South

Have the Government taken any steps to check the statement made in this Question, which is very widely believed to be accurate and is entirely in accordance with Laval's policy of helping the Germans without giving away Marshal Pétain's assurance?

Photo of Mr Richard Law Mr Richard Law , Kingston upon Hull South West

Yes, Sir. The Government take such steps as are open to them to check all these things.