Foreign Policy

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th June 1945.

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Photo of Sir James Henderson-Stewart Sir James Henderson-Stewart , Fife Eastern 12:00 am, 13th June 1945

asked the Prime Minister whether he has considered proposals made to him for the creation of machinery designed to secure a broad measure of co-operation and agreement between the main political parties, now and in the future, on matters affecting British foreign policy; and whether he favours such proposals.

Photo of Mr R.A. Butler Mr R.A. Butler , Saffron Walden

My right hon. Friend agrees that it is in the country's best interests that there should he the widest possible measure of agreement on foreign policy between the main political parties. He considers, however, that the methods for securing such agreement would need to be adapted to the circumstances of the time, and in a matter of this kind there would be every advantage in allowing the machinery to develop in the light of experience and inclination.

Photo of Sir James Henderson-Stewart Sir James Henderson-Stewart , Fife Eastern

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman, does the Prime Minister contemplate, in this matter, using the functions of the Committee of Imperial Defence?

Photo of Mr R.A. Butler Mr R.A. Butler , Saffron Walden

I think the terms of the answer I have given cover all the aspects of the question. I will not add to them to-day.