- 11 Mar. 1943 (Creation)
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(Place of writing not indicated.)—Pethick-Lawrence’s views on double summer-time (see 2/318) will be borne in mind when the question is considered after the war. With regard to the bombing of Berlin (see 2/319), the policy remains to concentrate on military targets.
The Home Secretary
11th March, 1943.
My dear Pethick,
Thank you for your two letters of the 9th March about double summer-time and the bombing of Berlin.
I am grateful to you for letting me know your views as a countryman about double summer-time, and I can assure you that they will not be forgotten when the time comes to consider whether we should continue double summer-time after the war.
On the question of the bombing of Berlin, the policy still is, as far as I am aware, to concen-trate on military objectives, of which there are many in Berlin itself. It is not, of course, always easy to distinguish between military and non-military objectives, but I do not think it is our policy to indulge in the sort of indiscriminate bombing which it is pretty clear that the Germans have been going in for in their recent raids on this country. I do, however, appreciate your point, and I will certainly bear it in mind.
The Rt. Hon. F. W. Pethick-Lawrence, M.P.