Field Marshal Smuts (Address to Both Houses)

– in the House of Commons on 15th October 1942.

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Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

As the House is aware, Field Marshal Smuts, Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa and a member of the United Kingdom War Cabinet in the last war, has arrived in London. We were sure that Parliament would like to have an opportunity of meeting this illustrious statesman and soldier while in this country. He has kindly consented to address Members of both Houses on an early occasion. The date, hour and place will be imparted to the House in Secret Session in a few minutes by the Lord Privy Seal. I hope that all Members will make arrangements to be present.

Photo of Sir Percy Harris Sir Percy Harris , Bethnal Green South West

Will the Press be admitted, and is it proposed to broadcast the speech?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

Yes, that was the idea, that the Field Marshal should have an opportunity of speaking not only to us but to the world.

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

Why not have it in the open Chamber?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

We have to provide for the other House as well, and various points would arise. I think the statement about to be made when we go into Secret Session will answer the hon. Member's question.