Results 1–20 of 1634 for speaker:Sir Walter Monckton

Port Said (Minister's Visit) (5 Dec 1956)

Sir Walter Monckton: With your permission, Sir, and that of the House, I will answer Questions No. 149 and 150 together. Yes, Sir. I went to Port Said on 24th November to see for myself the damage caused by the recent allied operations and to obtain what information I could, in the course of a visit which lasted only 24 hours, about the numbers of Egyptian and other nationals who had died or been wounded as a...

Port Said (Minister's Visit) (5 Dec 1956)

Sir Walter Monckton: The result of going out there, and making such inquiries as I could, was to bring to light some information which had not been available to the Commander-in-Chief, and, therefore, had not been available to my right hon. Friend. As to the figures, I would only say that the older I grow the more reluctant I am to base firm conclusions on insufficient data. But when one is asked for an estimate,...

Port Said (Minister's Visit) (5 Dec 1956)

Sir Walter Monckton: There was no bombing in the ordinary way. What I was talking of was attacks by rockets on strong points during the operation. Whether, in the case of any hospital, it did result in the cutting off of power I could not say without notice.

Port Said (Minister's Visit) (5 Dec 1956)

Sir Walter Monckton: I am quite satisfied that my right hon. Friend gave an estimate which he thought was right. I have said, I think, that there may have been more killed than the number of which I have spoken. In the course of my visit I did not have the opportunity of meeting all the representatives of the Press of all countries. I certainly did see those I could, both Egyptian and neutrals—

Port Said (Minister's Visit) (5 Dec 1956)

Sir Walter Monckton: —but I am not going to say who they were, because they particularly asked me not to, for reasons which I appreciate.

Port Said (Minister's Visit) (5 Dec 1956)

Sir Walter Monckton: I do not know whether it will be for me to make another statement. I made this statement only because I had made the visit and I was asked about it. No doubt the appropriate Minister will give the figures when they are ascertained. I was glad to hear what my hon. Friend said about the general view that the troops had behaved with great care to avoid loss. I am sure that we all agree. As to...

Port Said (Minister's Visit) (5 Dec 1956)

Sir Walter Monckton: I am sure that the right hon. Gentleman will do me the justice of assuming that I did try to see what records there were in writing and whether the normal records of people in hospital were kept in the ordinary way. I can only say that it did not help. Such records as I saw were not satisfactory and not kept in the normal way; it may well have been because of the events taking place. As to...

Port Said (Minister's Visit) (5 Dec 1956)

Sir Walter Monckton: I should like to say a word about the urgency of the exercise. Anyone who has had to investigate a matter of this kind, in the circumstances in which it would have had to be investigated now, would realise that it could not be done adequately in a short time. [HON. MEMBERS: "Why did the right hon. and learned Gentleman not stay?"] It would take a great deal of preparation and examination to...

Port Said (Minister's Visit) (5 Dec 1956)

Sir Walter Monckton: I said that I had done my best. I have tried to keep to the material I have got and I have said that further inquiries were going on with a view to giving the facts. I am confident that the results will be given to the House and the country.

Port Said (Minister's Visit) (5 Dec 1956)

Sir Walter Monckton: As far as I know, they were not, but that is not my responsibility. As to whether the Commander-in-Chief would have got more accurate figures, I am sure that the House will realise that I went over—I will not say that I went over by choice—at a moment when things were much quieter. The Commander-in-Chief has a great many things to do, including the collecting of information of this sort....

Port Said (Minister's Visit) (5 Dec 1956)

Sir Walter Monckton: As to the necessity for the journey, it was not merely to establish the number of casualties. I thought it was a very good thing to be sure of the damage, which could be inspected and assessed. As to the mere proportion sum, I have not said that the figure of 100 is necessarily wrong. I have said that I expected a figure of that order by the proportion sum to which the hon. Gentleman...

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Defence: Aircraft and Stores (Supply and Maintenance) (25 Jul 1956)

Sir Walter Monckton: The Ministry of Supply is responsible for supplying aircraft and associated stores both to the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force. I am not aware that there is any overlapping, but I should be happy to look into any particular case the hon. Member may have in mind. As regards maintenance facilities, the special requirements of the two Services and the different conditions in which they...

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Defence: Sea and Air Trooping (25 Jul 1956)

Sir Walter Monckton: This matter is under continuous review by the Service Departments in consultation with the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation, but it is not possible to arrive at a true comparison of the costs involved in trooping by the two alternative methods mentioned in the Question, except by reference to the particular circumstances of a given series of movements.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Defence: Sea and Air Trooping (25 Jul 1956)

Sir Walter Monckton: I am not sure that I would go so far as that, but I am sure that the hon. Member will be glad to know that, if we omit Germany, about half of all personnel movement in 1955–56 was carried out by air, and we shall do as much of that as we can.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Defence: Sea and Air Trooping (25 Jul 1956)

Sir Walter Monckton: It is in the case where we are doing it by unit that we are more likely to be using sea transport, because the men move with their equipment and families. I was taking an overall figure for movements, leaving out Germany.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Defence: Sea and Air Trooping (25 Jul 1956)

Sir Walter Monckton: I am afraid that I cannot answer about last year without notice. I do not know the figure.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Defence: Aircraft Production (Cost) (25 Jul 1956)

Sir Walter Monckton: As I have already announced, I am looking into the arrangements for supplying the Forces with aircraft, and I will inform the House of the conclusions I reach. Steps have already been taken to lighten the load on our resources, and I hope these will contribute to the end which both the hon. Member and Her Majesty's Government have in mind.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Defence: Aircraft Production (Cost) (25 Jul 1956)

Sir Walter Monckton: I should not like to make a general answer to that. I am aware that there are great differences, and in lightening the load we shall be able to take advantage of that.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Defence: Aircraft Production (Cost) (25 Jul 1956)

Sir Walter Monckton: I do not recollect the figures which the right hon. Gentleman gave me upon that occasion. What I said today was that steps have been taken to reduce the number of projects, and I think that that is the right course to take.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Defence: National Service (18 Jul 1956)

Sir Walter Monckton: As I have previously explained to the House, the factors which determine whether any changes can be made in our National Service policy are the prospects of Regular recruitment and the level of the commitments which the Services have to perform. I have no statement to make at present.


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