Training (Communications).

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 2nd June 1942.

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Photo of Sir John Mellor Sir John Mellor , Tamworth

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will direct that communications concerning training shall, when publicity is considered necessary, be made to Parliament or to the Press in the usual way, and not, in the first instance, to persons or institutions not responsible for training?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

The original communication to which I think my hon. Friend refers was in fact addressed to Army Commanders. As a general rule I agree that if publicity is to be given to such communication's it should be given in the way suggested by my hon. Friend.

Photo of Sir John Mellor Sir John Mellor , Tamworth

Whatever may have been the merits of that communication, did not the fact of the communication being made to the General Assembly create the impression that our training policy is subject to external influences?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

I should be very sorry if it created that impression, because in fact it is not true.