Count Bernadotte (Assassination)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th September 1948.

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Photo of Mr Anthony Eden Mr Anthony Eden , Warwick and Leamington 12:00 am, 20th September 1948

I feel sure that the whole House will join in deploring the callous and the seemingly purposeless assassination of Count Bernadotte, who devoted his whole life to the cause of peace and understanding between the nations. Has the Leader of the House any further information to give to the House or has he any statement to make upon the subject at all?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Lewisham East

The Government and my hon. Friends on this side of the House join very sincerely with the right hon. Gentleman in condemning, deprecating and expressing our regret about the tragic end of Count Bernadotte, who was engaged upon important conciliation work for the United Nations. We all join together in the expression which the right hon. Gentleman has made.

As the right hon. Gentleman will appreciate, the matter of action is one for the United Nations as a whole. As to information, I do not think the Government have any information further than has appeared in the public Press, but I will draw the attention of my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary to the right hon. Gentleman's statement, and if there is further information, it may be that he will be able to give it during the course of the Debate on foreign affairs on Wednesday.