Oral Answers to Questions — Admiral Darlan

– in the House of Commons on 17th November 1942.

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Photo of Mr Arthur Greenwood Mr Arthur Greenwood , Wakefield

(by Private Notice) asked the Prime Minister whether he can make any statement as to the negotiations with Admiral Darlan in North Africa?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

These negotiations have taken place between the Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Forces and Admiral Darlan and others with a view to the immediate military situation in North Africa. It is not possible at this stage to make any further statement on this matter.

Photo of Mr Arthur Greenwood Mr Arthur Greenwood , Wakefield

May I take it from what my right hon. Friend said at the end of his reply that, as early as possible, a fuller statement will be made about the position of Admiral Darlan?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

I will convey that to my right hon. Friend.

Photo of Mr Frederick Bellenger Mr Frederick Bellenger , Bassetlaw

My right hon. Friend has referred to the Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Forces in North Africa. Are we to understand that British troops are under the command of an American Commander-in-Chief?