Adjournment (Christmas)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th December 1956.

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Photo of Mr Anthony Eden Mr Anthony Eden , Warwick and Leamington 12:00 am, 20th December 1956

Let me finish my sentence. I want to say this on the question of foreknowledge, and to say it quite bluntly to the House, that there was not foreknowledge that Israel would attack Egypt—there was not. But there was something else. There was—we knew it perfectly well—a risk of it, and in the event of the risk of it certain discussions and conversations took place, as, I think, was absolutely right, and as, I think, anybody would do. So far from this being an act of retribution, I would be compelled—and I think my colleagues would agree—if I had the same very disagreeable decisions to take again, to repeat them. [HON. MEMBERS: "Hear, hear."]