HC Deb 06 December 1920 vol 135 c1716
30. Viscount CURZON

asked the Prime Minister how many meetings of the Committee of Imperial Defence have been held since the Armistice, and how many meetings of the same body have been held this year; and whether the forthcoming Naval, Military, and Air Force Estimates will be submitted to the Committee for consideration before being laid before Parliament?


The answer to the first and second part of the question is one meeting, though perhaps I should remind the hon. Member that, as the House has been informed on several occasions, by far the greater part of the work of the Committee of Imperial Defence is performed by Sub-committees and conferences of that Committee; as regards the last part of the question, I am not, at the present time, in a position to specify the method by which the Estimates in question will be considered by the Cabinet.

Commander BELLAIRS

Would it not facilitate the work of defence if the three staffs of the fighting Departments were to get together?


That is one of the suggestions which has not merely been considered but agreed to.