Dominion Prime Ministers (War Cabinet Meetings)

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons on 25th April 1944.

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Photo of Mr Edgar Granville Mr Edgar Granville , Eye

asked the Prime Minister whether, during the coming Commonwealth Conference, the visiting Dominion Prime Ministers will be invited, in accord with precedent, to become members of the War Cabinet, or whether the meeting of the Dominion Prime Ministers will constitute a supreme Empire War Cabinet.

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

It is the intention to invite the Dominion Prime Ministers, during their stay in this country, to attend meetings of the War Cabinet not concerned with purely United Kingdom affairs, as well as the special meetings of the Conference of Prime Ministers which form the staple of our work.

Photo of Mr Edgar Granville Mr Edgar Granville , Eye

Is it not constitutionally correct to say that a meeting of Dominion Prime Ministers, with the Prime Minister of this country, does, in fact, under the Statute of Westminster, become an Empire Council?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

I should like to see that on the Paper.