Oral Answers to Questions — Soviet National Day (Celebrations, London).

– in the House of Commons on 10th November 1942.

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Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Maldon

asked the Prime Minister by whose authority, and for what reason an official attempt was made to prevent participation by Service contingents in the Soviet National Day celebrations at Empress Hall?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

I know of no such attempt. The matter was in the hands of Ministers, who decided the course to be taken.

Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Maldon

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the organisers of this function did receive simultaneously letters from the three Service Departments saying that the contingents were to be withdrawn and that this was only put right later by prodding?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

As I have said, the matter was decided by the War Cabinet.