Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister's Ottawa Speech (French Portion).

– in the House of Commons on 27th January 1942.

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Photo of Professor Douglas Savory Professor Douglas Savory , Queen's University of Belfast

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the omission of the French portion of his speech at Ottawa by the greater part of the Press, he will issue this speech as a White Paper in order to enable the British public to share the appreciation of French Canadians of the sentiments expressed by him in the French language when addressing the Canadian Parliament?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

My right hon. Friend does not think there is any need to do as my hon. Friend suggests, especially as he understands that full reports of the speech can still be obtained by those who desire them.

Photo of Professor Douglas Savory Professor Douglas Savory , Queen's University of Belfast

Will the right hon. Gentleman convey to the Prime Minister the intense desire of students of French at the University of Belfast to have the full text of the French portion of his speech, which has not yet been published, as far as I am aware?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

I understand it was published in the newspapers.

Photo of Professor Douglas Savory Professor Douglas Savory , Queen's University of Belfast

No, Sir. Only a mutilated portion. Those who heard the whole speech deeply regretted that the French part was so mutilated.