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Sabotage, Enemy-Occupied Countries

Volume 393: debated on Wednesday 3 November 1943

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asked the Minister of Information whether the B.B.C., before it decided to urge civilians in enemy-occupied countries to commit acts of sabotage, consulted international conventions on the subject?

I am not clear what the hon. Member has in mind as I know of no international Convention relating to the subject.

Does the hon. Gentleman think it is fair to ask civilians without any means of defence in any of the occupied countries to take the risk of losing their lives in committing acts of sabotage?

The hon. Member asks us to refer to a particular Convention. We cannot refer to a non-existent Convention, and if he will indicate what Convention he has in mind, we will consider the matter further.

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that the citizens of this country wish these civilians success in all their acts of sabotage?