Oral Answers to Questions — Madagascar (British Forces, Command).

– in the House of Commons on 3rd June 1942.

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Photo of Mr George Garro-Jones Mr George Garro-Jones , Aberdeen North

asked the Prime Minister who is in command of British air, naval and military Forces at Madagascar?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

The local command of all naval, military and air Forces in the Diego Suarez area is vested in the Fortress Commander, Major-General Sturges, of the Royal Marines.

Photo of Mr George Garro-Jones Mr George Garro-Jones , Aberdeen North

Is it quite clear that he exercises command over the naval, military, and air Forces, without reference to London in an emergency?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

He is exercising command over all the Forces in his area, but naturally he comes under the general direction as I have described it in that area.

Photo of Mr George Garro-Jones Mr George Garro-Jones , Aberdeen North

My right hon. Friend has not described it. What I want to know is whether this is an example of truly united command of the three arms of the Service?