HC Deb 30 March 1936 vol 310 c1625
47. Lieut. - Commander FLETCHER

asked the Prime Minister whether, in the event of the contact between the General Staffs envisaged in paragraph 3 of the proposals of 19th March, 1936, maturing, the British General Staff will be accompanied by the Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence or some other Minister?


No, Sir.

Lieut.-Commander FLETCHER

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman to bear in mind that French generals are frequently politically-minded while our own generals very wisely do not concern themselves with political matters, and that they are therefore likely to be at a disadvantage in such conversations with the French?


I do not think such a practice as the hon. and gallant Member suggests would be a good one, for the simple reason that the mere presence of a Minister at any conference of this kind would lend an importance to the conference in the public eyes and in other respects which the conference really has not. A technical conference in that way might become much more serious.


Can the right hon. Gentleman assure the House that these technical talks will not result in definite commitments until they have been considered by the Cabinet?


That particular point was discussed in the Debate, and an assurance was given to the House which I beg to confirm now.