International Situation

Oral Answers to Questions — Prisoners of War – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th January 1948.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Skeffington-Lodge Mr Thomas Skeffington-Lodge , Bedford 12:00 am, 20th January 1948

asked the Prime Minister whether, in an effort to prevent any further deterioration in the international situation, he will take steps to bring about an early conference between himself and the heads of the other major Allied States.

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

While I am naturally anxious to take any steps which could lead to an improvement of the international situation, I do not feel that a conference of the kind suggested would be likely to advance matters at the present time.

Photo of Sir Edward Keeling Sir Edward Keeling , Twickenham

Would the Prime Minister make it clear that, contrary to the suggestion in the Question, the Prime Minister in this country, and indeed in France and Russia, is not the head of the State?