Oral Answers to Questions — Allied War Council.

– in the House of Commons on 21st January 1942.

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Photo of Mr Benjamin Riley Mr Benjamin Riley , Dewsbury

asked the Prime Minister whether any decision has been reached regarding the formation of an Allied War Council for the combined conduct of the war in all theatres; and whether he can make a statement on the subject?

Photo of Sir John Anderson Sir John Anderson , Combined Scottish Universities

Perhaps my hon. Friend would be good enough to await the general statement which my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister proposes to make at an early date.

Photo of Mr Benjamin Riley Mr Benjamin Riley , Dewsbury

May I remind the Minister that there is widespread concern about this matter?

Photo of Mr Edgar Granville Mr Edgar Granville , Eye

Is the Minister aware that statements have been made in Washington by Mr. Stephen Early and other representatives of the American Government and at a Press conference held by the President yesterday, and is it not discourteous to public opinion in this country and the House of Commons to postpone a statement of any sort as to what has been done with regard to the setting-up of an Allied War Council for the conduct of the war?

Photo of Sir John Anderson Sir John Anderson , Combined Scottish Universities

I am sure the House would prefer to wait for a full statement by my right hon. Friend.

Photo of Mr Edgar Granville Mr Edgar Granville , Eye

Is the Minister aware that all the time statements are being made in the United States, yet we have to wait four or five weeks before any authoritative statement is made in this country by His Majesty's Government? Is this not treating the House of Commons and public opinion in this country in a discourteous manner?