Oral Answers to Questions — Nazi Regime (British Policy)

– in the House of Commons on 25th November 1942.

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Photo of Mr John Dugdale Mr John Dugdale , West Bromwich

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether His Majesty's Government propose, in agreement with other Powers, to take any action after the war designed to prevent power in Germany remaining in the hands of men and women who have played an active part in the Nazi party; and what action is proposed?

Photo of Mr Anthony Eden Mr Anthony Eden , Warwick and Leamington

I made it clear in reply to a Question on 4th March that the major purposes of our policy towards Germany after the war will not be attainable so long as the present régime in Germany continues. The action which His Majesty's Government propose to ensure the removal of that régime is the defeat of Germany by force of arms.

Photo of Mr John Dugdale Mr John Dugdale , West Bromwich

Was it on the instructions of the right hon. Gentleman that the speech I made in Birmingham was not broadcast to Germany, on the ground that it suggested that this very policy should be pursued and that these people should be removed?

Photo of Mr Anthony Eden Mr Anthony Eden , Warwick and Leamington

My hon. Friend will understand from my answer that that can hardly have been so, since we are in such close agreement.

Photo of Mr William Gallacher Mr William Gallacher , Fife Western

Will the Foreign Secretary see that the Government give the closest military co-operation with the heavy blows that are being struck against Nazi forces at Stalingrad?