Oral Answers to Questions — Second Front.

– in the House of Commons on 25th June 1942.

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Photo of Mr Norman Bower Mr Norman Bower , Harrow

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the recent agreement between Mr. Molotov and himself on the question of opening a second front in Europe, and in the interests of preserving the maximum of secrecy regarding our strategic plans, he will issue a public statement as to the undesirability of continually mentioning the necessity for opening a second front in newspaper articles and speeches?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

While it is natural that full expression should be given to our determination to open a second front, I am glad to take this opportunity of reiterating publicly the undesirability of speculation, whether in articles or in speeches as to the time or place of future Allied offensive operations.

Photo of Mr Maurice Petherick Mr Maurice Petherick , Penryn and Falmouth

Is it not the fact that any decision taken in regard to any campaign in any part of the world can only be left safely to those who have the full facts at their disposal, namely, the Government, and is "not such slipshod strategy idiotic and dangerous?