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Official Inquiry By Belgian Committee

Volume 66: debated on Wednesday 26 August 1914

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I beg to ask the Prime Minister whether the statements of German atrocities issued through the British Press Bureau, and drawn up by the Belgian Committee of Inquiry, are true, and, if so, what action His Majesty's Government propose to take to protest against so flagrant a violation of the rules of civilised warfare?

The statements are the result of inquiry by a committee constituted and presided over by the Belgian Minister of Justice and composed of the highest judicial and university authorities of Belgium, and have been officially communicated to His Majesty's Government by the Belgian Minister at this Court. His Majesty's Government understand that the Belgian Government are taking all the necessary steps to bring the facts established by their official committee to the knowledge of the civilised world.