Defence.

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office. – in the House of Commons on 9th March 1936.

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Photo of Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence , Edinburgh East

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the established right of this House to be in formed on the financial aspect of proposals involving heavy commitments before a Motion for approval is submitted to it, he will undertake that in the course of the debate on the White Paper a statement shall be made on behalf of the Government indicating the probable cost involved and the method intended to be adopted towards meeting it?

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

I will myself take an opportunity in the course of the debate of further explaining the position of the Government upon this matter.

Photo of Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence , Edinburgh East

Does that mean that we are to have figures or not? I am not clear.

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

I was going to say "Wait and see," but I will not. There will not be figures, but I think there will be an explanation which is understandable.

Photo of Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence , Edinburgh East

If there are not figures, am I to understand that what in effect is happening is that, instead of a constructive programme, we are having put before the House a White Paper in the form of a "kite," to enable the Government to test the feeling of the country on the matter?

Photo of Sir Archibald Sinclair Sir Archibald Sinclair , Caithness and Sutherland

asked the Prime Minister whether he can now announce the name for the appointment of Deputy-Chairman of the Committee on Imperial Defence?

Photo of Sir Archibald Sinclair Sir Archibald Sinclair , Caithness and Sutherland

Cannot the right hon. Gentleman at least give us this assurance, that the gentleman to be appointed will be a Member of this House, and that he will state the name of this gentleman before the conclusion of the Debate?

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

That is a question which the right hon. and gallant Member has asked me before, and I regret that at this moment I cannot say anything more.

Photo of Mr James Maxton Mr James Maxton , Glasgow Bridgeton

Is the Prime Minister having difficulties with this appointment?