HC Deb 30 November 1937 vol 329 cc1878-9
48. Mr. Garro Jones

asked the Prime Minister whether the form and personnel of the high command in the event of war are decided upon; whether he can give an assurance that plans for the exercise and co-ordination of the high command are specific and complete; and whether the Government's policy in regard to unified command is decided upon in relation to every international alignment in such an event?

The Prime Minister

The answer to the first and second parts of the question is in the affirmative, subject to continued reconsideration in the light of changing circumstances. In reply to the last part of the question, the general principles that should govern the Government's policy in regard to unified command have been carefully studied, but their precise application to any particular set of hypothetical circumstances cannot be decided in advance.

Mr. Garro Jones

On which Minister does the responsibility fall of dealing with the question of unified command in its national aspect?

Mr. Hannah

Have not the Opposition got war on the brain?

The Prime Minister

I am afraid the responsibility will fall on me.