asked the Prime Minister if he will instruct that representations shall be made to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to the effect that Her Majesty's Government is opposed to any political pronouncements being made on behalf of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation by military commanders rather than by civil representatives of Governments.
Is the Prime Minister aware of the Press reports of a statement by General Ridgway on the anniversary of D day? Does he not think, in view of the criticism made about Field Marshal Montgomery, that it would be a good thing to see that the same limitation should be applied wherever Great Britain has collective responsibility regarding military commanders?
If a general has some difficulty in distinguishing between a statement which is military in its bearing, or political, could he not avoid any embarrassment to himself and anybody else by refraining from making the statement?
I really think it would be rather difficult to arrange that all the military officers serving in N.A.T.O. and other organisations should submit their statements beforehand to the hon. Member.
To avoid any erroneous impression, may I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he is aware that, so far as is known, the military commanders associated with N.A.T.O. have worked, and appear now to be working, in the utmost harmony?