Oral Answers to Questions — Chiefs of Staff Committee (United States Representation).

– in the House of Commons on 23rd July 1942.

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Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

asked the Prime Minister whether the United States of America is represented on the Chiefs of Staff Committee in this country in regard to their sea, land and air forces; and, if so, by whom?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

The composition of the Chiefs of Staff Committee remains as set out in the White Paper on Organisation and Joint Planning (Command 6351). The representatives of the United States Chiefs of Staff in this country—Admiral Stark and General Eisenhower—attend meetings of the Chiefs of Staff Committee whenever they express the wish or are invited to do so. The closest association prevails.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

Would the right hon. Gentleman consider altering the constitution of the Committee so as to include the two officers to whom he has referred?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

I think the answer I have given explains that close co-operation already exists. I do not think it would be possible to do what my hon. and gallant Friend suggests.

Photo of Hon. Oliver Stanley Hon. Oliver Stanley , Westmorland

Are not many of the matters with which the Chiefs of Staff Committee deals purely domestic matters, and would it not be a waste of time if these two American officers were asked to attend meetings?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

The right hon. and gallant Gentleman is perfectly correct.