Oral Answers to Questions — War Strategy (Service Ministers).

– in the House of Commons on 2nd June 1942.

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Photo of Sir Robert Cary Sir Robert Cary , Eccles

asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider the advisability of giving the three Service Ministers a closer and more precise relationship with the strategical conduct of the war?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

The three Service Ministers are always present at meetings of the War Cabinet when any matters relating to the conduct of the war are discussed. They have constant access to the Cabinet or to the Minister of Defence at any time they wish. They are also members of the Defence Committee. In practice they work in the closest contact with their respective Chiefs of Staff. It is not proposed to make any alteration in this arrangement at the present time.

Photo of Major-General Sir Alfred Knox Major-General Sir Alfred Knox , Wycombe

Do they know anything about strategy at all?