HC Deb 22 April 1913 vol 52 c232

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the fact that the General Staff have already given a decided opinion upon the question of invasion, into which the Sub-Committee of the Imperial Defence Committee is now inquiring, he will consider the advisability of appointing to that Committee officers, other than those serving upon the General Staff, who can investigate the problem with an open mind?


There is no ground for the suggestion that any members of the Sub-Committee are not approaching the questions submitted to it with an open mind. There are on the Sub-Committee two officers of great distinction who serve on the General Staff. It has always been my intention to invite Field-Marshal Lord Nicholson, who served on the last inquiry, to take a seat on this Sub-Committee as soon as he returns from India, and I hope he will do so.