HC Deb 19 November 1947 vol 444 cc1117-8
8. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will publish the communication received by the Foreign Office from the French Government in March, 1940, on the proposed bombing of Baku, and the answer the British Government returned.

Mr. Mayhew

No, Sir. No useful purpose would be served by publishing at this date correspondence relating to abortive plans aimed at reducing German supplies of oil and other products.

Mr. Hughes

Is my hon. Friend aware that in the Swedish White Book full details have been given about this proposed bombing? Is there any reason why the British people should not have equal access to this information?

Mr. Mayhew

I do not think that any good would be done at this stage in going into all that.