§ 1. Mr. MANDER
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will consider the advisability, with a view to securing that any increase in armaments shall form an effective contribution to the collective system, of proposing that a conference on the organisation of collective security should be held by the 426 League of Nations with this object or, alternatively, that consultations shall take place between the countries principally concerned on the subject?
§ The SECRETARY of STATE for FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Mr. Eden)
The proposition that national armaments should serve to strengthen the system of collective security under the Covenant, and that that system should be made as effective as is possible in existing circumstances, is one with which His Majesty's Government are in full accord. I do not think, however, that the action suggested by the hon. Member would be practicable at the present time.
§ Mr. MANDER
Do I understand there is to be no consultation at all with regard to what contribution this country is going to make towards collective security in connection with the Governments' rearmament plan?
§ Mr. MANDER
Do I understand there is to be no contact or consultation whatever with other countries in this respect?
§ Mr. H. G. WILLIAMS
Could my right hon. Friend say whether the Defence Forces will be used to defend us as well as everybody else?
§ Mr. ATTLEE
In view of the fact that we have been told in this House that we are to make a contribution to collective security, how is the right amount to be ascertained without any consultation? Who will decide?