§ Sir W. Smithers
asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of the statement published by the Peace Pledge Union, to the effect that they deplore the British Government having taken the initiative in deliberately approving the character of total war and the fact that such a statement causes despondency and hinders the war effort, he will take action against the Peace Pledge Union?
§ Mr. H. Morrison
My hon. Friend has been good enough to send to me a copy of the statement referred to, which is a protest against the bombing of civilians. It is of course a grotesque misstatement that His Majesty's Government have taken the initiative in this matter, but this travesty of the facts is likely to mislead no one and should in my view be treated with the contempt which it deserves.