Further to that, I would like to put a question to the Prime Minister. I am sorry that he is not in his place. I gave notice that I should raise the question, but I fully accept the fact that the Prime Minister could not be present. May I ask you, Mr. Speaker, whether the Prime Minister did not, quite unwittingly, I admit, mislead the House on this question of a Vote of Confidence? I will recall to the House the statement made by the Prime Minister last week:
Should, however, the Debate disclose any situation which seems to involve a challenge to His Majesty's Government, I shall on the second or third Sitting Day put down a Vote of Confidence. As relevant Amendments in any form can be moved to such a Motion, Members would be able to state any differences they may have with the Government in the most effective form, and the House would be enabled to express its opinion not only in speeches in the Debate, but, if it were so desired, in a Division."—[OFFICIAL REPORT, 20th January, 1942; col. 207, Vol. 377.]
I do contend that there an implied promise was given to the House by the Prime Minister that Amendments could be moved.
May I with great respect put a further point of Order in regard to the Amendment standing in the name of myself and my hon. Friend the Member for the Eye Division of Suffolk (Mr. Granville)? It is to leave out from "in," to the end, and to add:
the Prime Minister and will aid him to the utmost in the vigorous prosecution of the war, and in order to attain this object urges upon him the desirability of appointing to high office the most capable and active men irrespective of Party.
I submit that the Motion of Confidence as framed cannot do what a Motion of this importance should do if voted upon, and that is collect the voice of the House on the entire issue. Can you give any guidance to hon. Members of this House, who are practically unanimous in supporting the Prime Minister but who do not feel that the present Government and our machinery for conducting the war meet the situation? How can the voice of the
House be registered except upon an Amendment which tries to meet that difficulty?