The Archbishop cited figures of the Jewish annihilation ‘before which the imagination recoils’. He went on to say:
that in view of the massacres and starvation of Jews and others in enemy and enemy-occupied countries, this House desires to assure His Majesty’s government of its fullest support for immediate measures … for extending help and temporary asylum to persons in danger of massacre …
My chief protest is against procrastination of any kind … The Jews are being slaughtered at the rate of tens of thousands a day … We know that what we can do is small compared with the magnitude of the problem but we cannot rest so long as there is any sense among us that we are not doing all that might be done … We at this moment have upon us a tremendous responsibility. We stand at the bar of history, of humanity, and of God.