Oral Answers to Questions — Shipping Situation.

– in the House of Commons on 16th July 1942.

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Photo of Viscount  Turnour Viscount Turnour , Horsham and Worthing

asked the Prime Minister whether he intends to make any statement to the public, by broadcasting or in any other way, to call attention to the seriousness of the shipping situation and to urge the utmost economy in the use and consumption of all goods obtained from overseas?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

The Noble Lord's suggestion will be noted.

Photo of Viscount  Turnour Viscount Turnour , Horsham and Worthing

Will the right hon. Gentleman be good enough to explain the reason why the Government refuse to make a statement on this situation? Why does it help Hitler to tell the people the truth about the seriousness of the shipping situation?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

It is not a question of telling about the seriousness of the situation. The question is about the details, but perhaps the Noble Lord will have an opportunity of making that point later on.

Photo of Viscount  Turnour Viscount Turnour , Horsham and Worthing

No, it will be in Secret Session.