Oral Answers to Questions — Channel Islanders (Deportations)

– in the House of Commons on 20th October 1942.

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Photo of Mr Charles Ammon Mr Charles Ammon , Camberwell North

asked the Prime Minister whether any vessels transporting Channel Islanders to Germany have been intercepted by British ships of war?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

Although a large number of attacks are made on shipping in the Channel, we have no knowledge that any of the ships attacked were carrying Channel Islanders.

Photo of Mr Charles Ammon Mr Charles Ammon , Camberwell North

Can my right hon. Friend say what great wrong these islanders have done that they are treated with such scant consideration?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

I am not quite sure what my hon. Friend means. Certainly, they are not treated with any scant consideration by this Government. They get very little consideration from our enemies.

Photo of Mr Charles Ammon Mr Charles Ammon , Camberwell North

Does not my right hon. Friend know that this is the first time in history that British territory has been invaded without any resistance, and people handed over to the enemy and no notice taken in this House at any time by the Government?

Photo of Mr Maurice Petherick Mr Maurice Petherick , Penryn and Falmouth

Will my right hon. Friend be in a position to make a general statement about the fate of the Channel Islanders, who, after all, are subjects of the British Crown, before the House rises?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

I will convey that to my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister.