HC Deb 15 March 1939 vol 345 cc401-2
55. Mr. Mander

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty to what extent it is proposed that facilities for the joint use by the fleets of Great Britain and France of British and French naval bases has been put into operation, or is being contemplated?

Mr. Shakespeare

If this country and France find themselves allied in any future war, it is contemplated that our naval co-operation will be complete.

Mr. Mander

In the meantime, are steps being taken to make the naval bases mutually available, so that the necessary practice and information may be obtained?

Mr. Shakespeare

I would refer the hon. Member to a reply given by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 21st February last.

Mr. Alexander

Can the hon. Member say at this stage whether there are not now active exchanges of information between the British and French naval staff?

Mr. Shakespeare

If the right hon. Gentleman will look up that reply, he will see that conversations begun between the respective staffs are being continued.

Mr. Mander

Can the British fleet go to Bizerta?

Sir Irving Albery

Is it not against the public interest that such questions should be asked?

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