Members (Defence Conversations)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd April 1958.

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Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Easington 12:00 am, 2nd April 1958

asked the Minister of Defence what talks he has had with hon. Members on the Government side of the House on the subject of defence; to what extent they have been furnished with information of a confidential character; and what similar facilities will be provided for other hon. Members.

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Wandsworth Streatham

I have, at different times, had private talks with hon. Members on both sides of the House who have asked to see me; and I have given them such confidential information as I thought appropriate.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Easington

Does the right hon. Gentleman propose to proceed with these conversations, if he is asked by hon. Members from either side of the House, and to discuss information about defence? Will he see them at any time?

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Wandsworth Streatham

I am always completely accessible.