Results 1–20 of 2835 for speaker:Mr Henry Croft

Oral Answers to Questions — Enemy Parachute Troops. (13 May 1940)

Mr Henry Croft: Is my right hon. Friend aware that, throughout the country, in the quieter areas, are large numbers of firemen who are ex-service men and who will be very willing—from what I have understood in the last four or five days—that various sections of them should be armed and organised for this purpose?

Orders of the Day — Conduct of the War. ( 7 May 1940)

Mr Henry Croft: Any Member who rises to take part in this Debate must feel a sense of responsibility, but I can assure my colleagues of the House of Commons that I do not speak with any complacency, because it seems to me that on a subject such as we are discussing neither partial affection for friends at the head of affairs, however distinguished, nor consistent animosities, on one side or the other, should...

Orders of the Day — Conduct of the War. ( 7 May 1940)

Mr Henry Croft: I think that the right hon. Gentleman will find that when you have built up an Army so speedily as ours was built up, and when you have had to send forces to all parts of the world, and especially to main strategic centres such as the Maginot Line, you cannot choose separate forces for various possible expeditions, consisting of men of various ages. I point that out only because I think it...

Orders of the Day — Conduct of the War. ( 7 May 1940)

Mr Henry Croft: Yes, but the right hon. Gentleman emphasised that they were Territorials and not Regulars.

Orders of the Day — Conduct of the War. ( 7 May 1940)

Mr Henry Croft: I have not said one word of criticism about them. I happen to know that division, and they are magnificent. I am the last man in this House ever to criticise the Territorial Forces. I have had the honour of rising in the Territorial Army higher than some of my colleagues. None of the friends of the Government would have complained if the broad line of the critical attitude had been a demand...

Orders of the Day — Conduct of the War. ( 7 May 1940)

Mr Henry Croft: And that it would have been criminal not to do it. I will not use the word "criminal," but I will say that it is unfortunate not to admit that the decision was right.

Orders of the Day — Conduct of the War. ( 7 May 1940)

Mr Henry Croft: I am glad to hear that from the right hon. Gentleman. When the satanic violation of Norway took place, we were bound to ask ourselves: How did this happen? The question was asked by the Prime Minister: Was this country right or wrong to intervene? I believe there is not a Member in this House who would not agree that when Norway was violated it was our absolute duty to do everything we...

Orders of the Day — Conduct of the War. ( 7 May 1940)

Mr Henry Croft: But you cannot do that in every country in the world. The fact remains that we had this situation where nobody knew where the blow was going to be struck. I must confess that when I first looked at this question, it surprised me that any of these German troops could have got through. Then when I remembered that there were nearly 2,000 miles of sea in and out of the coast of Sweden and Norway...

Orders of the Day — Conduct of the War. ( 7 May 1940)

Mr Henry Croft: My right hon. and gallant Friend says, they made a new thousand, so that instead of having 1,000 they have only 800. The fact remains that this is a strategic folly. Here Hitler and his Government from now onwards must keep in Norway at least 100,000 men until the end of the war. They have to feed them and clothe them. [An Hon. Member: "Never."] The hon. Gentleman thinks they will not clothe...

Oral Answers to Questions — Auxiliary Territorial Service. (23 Apr 1940)

Mr Henry Croft: Is not it a fact that several of these ladies are only titled because of the recognition of their great services in the last War?

Oral Answers to Questions — Economic Warfare.: Auxiliary Territorial Service (Equipment). (16 Apr 1940)

Mr Henry Croft: Will the right hon. Gentleman see that all these women are provided with uniforms? They are giving such splendid service to the country that they ought not to be forced to use their own normal clothes?

Orders of the Day — Civil Estimates, 1940. (16 Apr 1940)

Mr Henry Croft: If I disagree with one or two of the remarks made by the hon. and learned Gentleman who has just sat down, I hope he will understand that it is not because of his aggressive action in entering the peaceful fjord below the Gangway. I assure him that I do not think there is any harm, from time to time, in gingering up a Minister, although I think we ought to be certain that we do not inflame...

Orders of the Day — Civil Estimates, 1940. (16 Apr 1940)

Mr Henry Croft: I find nothing in the speeches of the Prime Minister which could justly be described as suggesting there should be any lingering or waiting for time. My Noble Friend, who was a stout defender of defence measures for this country, when others were idle, will not deny that Providence was on our side in giving us six or seven months before we came to the grip of war. I am a little distressed to...

Orders of the Day — Civil Estimates, 1940. (16 Apr 1940)

Mr Henry Croft: I am sure that hon. Members will forgive me for interrupting the exchange of compliments, but I want to say that while there must be a general feeling of relief at the great achievements of the British Navy, which is so near to our hearts, we must realise—as some of us do—that it is the French Army which has been standing between us and disaster since the beginning of the war. I want to...

Orders of the Day — Civil Estimates, 1940. (16 Apr 1940)

Mr Henry Croft: I do not put this problem as one requiring an immediate answer. But what is the most important, that we should have an effective trained Army to defeat the Germans in Holland, Belgium and Rumania as well as in Norway, perhaps before the end of the year, or maintain our export trade and our home fires for the coming winter? This is a question of time. It is vital to have the trained men. That...

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Supply.: Forestry Workers (Release from Forces). (11 Apr 1940)

Mr Henry Croft: Has my right hon. and gallant Friend taken steps to enlist the support of any skilled foresters from Europe who are over here as refugees, and who might make a very good contribution to the forests of this country in that way?

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army.: Scottish Regiments (English Officers). ( 9 Apr 1940)

Mr Henry Croft: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that Scottish officers are swarming in English regiments, who do not really mind very much?

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons, Official Report. ( 4 Apr 1940)

Mr Henry Croft: But is not the country already suffering from boredom as one of its principal complaints?

Orders of the Day — CONSOLIDATED FUND (No. 1) BILL.: Progress of the War. (19 Mar 1940)

Mr Henry Croft: I am sure the House will be in definite agreement with my hon. Friend's tribute to the Finnish people. We shall all agree that the whole of our people have been thrilled by the astonishing resistance of this small nation against the sudden, unexpected onslaught which came upon them. I have listened to nearly every word of the Debate and I cannot understand some of the criticisms which have...

Orders of the Day — CONSOLIDATED FUND (No. 1) BILL.: Progress of the War. (19 Mar 1940)

Mr Henry Croft: I think the hon. Member would agree that there can be no question that the Poles were under the impression that, by their military power, they could keep up their end for a long time until we exerted pressure. [Hon. Members: "Nonsense."] There were very high military authorities in that country who were well aware that we could not get to Poland. I think that was generally accepted.


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