HC Deb 27 October 1919 vol 120 cc272-3

asked the Prime Minister whether it is his intention to form a combined Imperial Defence General Staff, comprising experts from the Navy, Army, and Air Force, and including Dominion representatives, to consider problems of the defence of the Empire as a whole, including questions of establishments and garrisons, with a view to obtaining a considered economical policy of defence; and, if so, whether the policy and estimates under consideration at the present time for the Navy, Army, and Air Force will 'be submitted to this expert body as soon as it can be formed?


During the War and up to the present time the co-ordination of naval, military and air effort has been concentrated in the War Cabinet to which experts from the General Staffs of the three Departments were regularly invited. The precise method by which similar coordination will be secured on the reversion to the normal Cabinet system has not yet been decided.