Oral Answers to Questions — Secret Agreements (Publication)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th April 1954.

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Photo of Mr Marcus Lipton Mr Marcus Lipton , Lambeth Brixton 12:00 am, 8th April 1954

asked the Prime Minister whether he will now publish all secret agreements with other countries made by Her Majesty's Government during the Second World War.

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Woodford

No, Sir; unless I believe it to be in the public interest—

An Hon. Member:

Almost the same thing.

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Woodford

On occasion the two may be identical—No, Sir; unless I believe it to be in the public interest, and the consent of the other parties concerned has, where necessary, been obtained in each case.

Photo of Mr Marcus Lipton Mr Marcus Lipton , Lambeth Brixton

The Prime Minister having referred to the public interest as the over-riding consideration, is he willing to give an assurance that the future publication of these agreements, subject to the conditions he has mentioned, will be motivated solely by consideration for public interest and not for the purpose of promoting sterile squabbles of a purely party political nature?