§ 52. Mr. SWIFT MacNEILL
asked the Prime Minister whether the fact that the right hon. senior Member for the City of London, a former Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition in the House of Commons to the present Administration, is a member of the Committee of Imperial Defence is in accordance with constitutional usage; and whether there is any and, if so, what precedent for the presence of a leading member of the Opposition at a council for discussion and deliberation on matters vitally affecting the interests of the Empire?
§ The PRIME MINISTER
The hon. and learned Member is under a misconception. The right hon. Gentleman referred to is not a member of the Committee of Imperial Defence. I invited him last year, and I am glad to say he consented to take part in a special inquiry by a Sub-Committee, 1767 which has now terminated, and in which his expert knowledge and judgment have proved to be of great value.
§ Mr. SWIFT MacNEILL
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this question was asked owing to a question being put on the Notice Paper as to whether the late Secretary of State for War is still a member of the Committee?