HC Deb 20 November 1917 vol 99 c1011
51. Major DAVIES

asked whether it is proposed that all the Allies shall be represented on the Allied War Council; and whether representatives of the Russian, Serbian, Roumanian, and Belgian Armies will be given permanent positions on the inter-Allied General Staff?


I cannot add anything to the Prime Minister's statement in yesterday's Debate.

Mr. PRINGLE (by Private Notice)

asked the Prime Minister whether the Government have received any intimation from the Government of the United States of America to the effect that President Wilson has asked Colonel House and General Bliss to attend the first meeting of the Supreme War Council, which is to take place before the end of the month, and that President Wilson has cabled to Colonel House that the Government of the United States considers unity of plan and control between all the Allies is essential; whether the official statement to this effect issued to the Press yesterday was issued by the authority of the Government; whether his attention has been called to a message from the Washington correspondent of the " Daily Mail," published in that paper this morning, in which it is stated that President Wilson denies that he has sent a cable in the terms quoted; whether in these circumstances the Government can make an authoritative statement on the matter?


The President has directed Colonel House to take part not only in the inter-Allied Conference, but also in the Supreme War Council, with General Bliss as his military adviser.


Can my right hon. Friend say whether President Wilson has sent a cable, or whether this is another instance of a Kerenski telegram?


I hardly think that the House would wish me to answer that question. We have the information quite officially.

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