Oral Answers to Questions — Rome (Bombing)

– in the House of Commons on 29th September 1942.

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Photo of Captain Alec Cunningham-Reid Captain Alec Cunningham-Reid , St Marylebone

asked the Prime Minister why we have not bombed Rome?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

I have nothing to add to previous statements on this subject.

Captain Cunmingham-Reid:

Has the fact that we have not yet bombed this Nazi capital anything to do with Catholic susceptibilities?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

I think my answer is conclusive.

Photo of Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson , Birmingham Handsworth

Would not the bombing of Rome unite Italians and not split them?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

I cannot answer hypothetical questions.

Photo of Mr Ivor Thomas Mr Ivor Thomas , Keighley

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there are no military objectives in Rome?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

I certainly could not accept any limiting views.