Lieut.-General Sir Alan Cunningham.

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 3rd March 1942.

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Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

asked the Under-Secretary for War, why an announcement was made on 25th February that Lieutenant-General Sir Alan Cunningham was in a military hospital in the South of England, as in fact he had been passed Grade A some days previously?

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Lambeth Norwood

No such official announcement was made. Press reports to this effect did, however, appear but were subsequently denied.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

Arising out of that reply, is my hon. Friend aware that the Press Association said that this was an official statement, and is it not a fact that General Cunningham has never been ill and that all this unfortunate affair has been used to cover up the over-statements made in this country by the Minister of Defence about the Libyan Campaign?