Oral Answers to Questions — Bombing Policy.

– in the House of Commons on 6th August 1942.

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Photo of Commander Sir Archibald Southby Commander Sir Archibald Southby , Epsom

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the recent broadcast by Air-Marshal Harris, it is intended that Italy shall be subjected to aerial attack similar to that threatened against Germany; and whether, in view of the bombing of Cairo and Malta by Axis machines, he will ensure that military targets in Rome and other Italian cities shall now be attacked?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

I would remind my hon. and gallant Friend that it is not possible to give any public indication of our future operational plans.

Photo of Commander Sir Archibald Southby Commander Sir Archibald Southby , Epsom

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the public in this country, and certainly the public in Malta, are unable to understand why Italy is treated with such tenderness, particularly in view of the fact that Italy is the base from which Rommel gets supplies of men and material for his forces in North Africa? Is it not time that something definite was done about bombing Italy?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

There is no policy of treating Italy with tenderness.

Photo of Commander Sir Archibald Southby Commander Sir Archibald Southby , Epsom

Then why has not Italy been bombed?