Oral Answers to Questions — Allied War Effort (Man-Power)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th January 1945.

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Photo of Mr Oliver Simmonds Mr Oliver Simmonds , Birmingham Duddeston 12:00 am, 17th January 1945

asked the Prime Minister whether, before deciding upon the recent addition of 250,000 men to the United Kingdom combatant troops, discussions took place with those of our Allies who are less heavily mobilised, with a view to examining whether it would be more advantageous to the Allied war effort that these extra troops should be provided from sources other than the United Kingdom.

Photo of Mr Oliver Simmonds Mr Oliver Simmonds , Birmingham Duddeston

Would the right hon. Gentleman agree that the extent of their mobilisation, as shown in the White Paper on the British war effort, indicates that this unilateral procedure cannot succeed much longer? Would he see that there is some consultation with regard to Allied man-power, in the same way as there is in regard to Allied material resources?

Photo of Mr Robin Turton Mr Robin Turton , Thirsk and Malton

Will the right hon. Gentleman also bear in mind the importance of keeping British units up to full strength?

Photo of Sir Herbert Holdsworth Sir Herbert Holdsworth , Bradford South

Will the Government make such representations as are asked for in the Question before even thinking of sending women abroad?