Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th January 1991.

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Photo of Mr Harry Barnes Mr Harry Barnes , North East Derbyshire 12:00 am, 24th January 1991

In the Prime Minister's answer to the question that I asked on Tuesday, he said that civilian casualties were to be avoided as far as possible and the instructions to the Air Force were to seek to avoid civilian casualties in Iraq. Will the Prime Minister therefore contact President Bush and tell him to desist from B52 carpet bombing, which is destroying vast areas around Basra where I loyally did my national service, to desist from napalm bombing in future and to desist from a ground battle which will lead to massive destruction and perhaps mutual destruction of both sets of troops?