Oral Answers to Questions — War Cabinet (Australian Representative).

– in the House of Commons on 24th June 1942.

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Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East

asked the Prime Minister whether it is proposed to appoint a representative of the Australian Government to be a member of the War Cabinet?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

As has been announced, the Commonwealth Government have appointed Mr. Bruce to be the Accredited Representative of Australia at the War Cabinet. In this capacity, Mr. Bruce attends meetings of the War Cabinet on the same footing as did Dr. Evatt during his stay in this country, and, before him. Sir Earle Page.

Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East

Is it the case that Mr. Bruce is a member of the War Cabinet, or is it not?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

I have explained that he is a member of the War Cabinet, in precisely the same position as that—which has been already explained in the House—of Dr. Evatt and Sir Earle Page.

Photo of Mr Edgar Granville Mr Edgar Granville , Eye

Does that mean that Mr. Bruce attends the regular meetings of the War Cabinet, or that he attends only those meetings at which matters concerning the Australian war effort are discussed?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

He attends meetings at which there is a general review of the war. Meetings dealing with purely domestic matters he does not attend.