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Part of Orders of the Day — Civil Estimates and Estimates for Revenue Departments, Supplementary Estimate, 1946–47 – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th February 1947.

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Photo of Sub-Lieutenant Herschel Austin Sub-Lieutenant Herschel Austin , Stretford 12:00 am, 28th February 1947

That may be, but the coal is exported to Norway and other countries which suffered the ravages of German occupation. There are two points contained in the Amendment moved by the hon. Member for Ipswich (Mr. Stokes) to which I want to direct attention. With one of them I do not agree, and that was the criticism of the Chancellor of the Duchy regarding food rationing in Germany. I think it is only fair to say with regard to my hon. Friend's administration that he does not starve or ill-treat the Germans wilfully, and if he could he would do his best to increase the food ration. Accordingly, I cannot see eye to eye with my hon. Friend the Member for Ipswich on that point. A most important principle is involved on the question of the employment of displaced persons in Germany. As I understand the position, it was decided that displaced persons would not be so employed by Germans. If this is a change in policy then what it amounts to is a breach of faith with the displaced persons, and I think the Chancellor ought to think again on this question, because he has aroused tremendous feelings on this matter. If I might offer some advice to him it is that he ought to give an assurance to the Committee that he is going to withdraw this fresh policy and think twice about the whole subject. So far as I can see, quite apart from the arguments of bringing the displaced persons into this country, there is no moral sanction for the employment of displaced persons under German domination in Germany itself. It is not right, it is not moral, it is inequitable and ought not to be, and because of that I shall vote against the Government and in favour of the Amendment.