In view of the grievance expressed by the Foreign Secretary in the Debate last Thursday because he was not consulted about this, and as many people in this country think that this slogan prolonged the war indefinitely, will the right hon. Gentleman make arrangements to put the documents in the Library?
I understand the feelings of my hon. Friend on this subject very well. However, there was fairly substantial Press publication on the subject at the time, and at any rate I think he would agree that it would be an unusual departure from normal practice. These documents are usually published after the heat and dust have disappeared and after they have become accessible to professional historians.
If the right hon. Gentleman is going to give all these guarantees, will he also give a guarantee that in any future war the leader of an Allied State, to quarrel with whom would be a disaster to this country, will also consult our Cabinet before he makes a statement?
Is it not important that the British people should understand the extent to which this unconditional surrender was discussed before the declaration was made? That is the important point.