Oral Answers to Questions — General Election.

– in the House of Commons on 21st July 1942.

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Mr. De la Bère:

asked the Prime Minister whether he can make a statement regarding the Government's intentions as to holding a General Election before the end of 1942?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

It would be most unusual and in my view contrary to the best precedents for any statement to be made forecasting the advice which in hypothetical circumstances should be tendered to the King in respect of a Dissolution of Parliament.

Mr. De la Bère:

Is it not essential whilst perils press to reason calmly about" holding a General Election? Would the Prime Minister impress on Lord Beaverbrook the necessity for calm reasoning?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

I must embrace this opportunity of testifying my admiration for the principles of free speech and a free Press.