HC Deb 29 November 1939 vol 355 cc93-4
Mr. Attlee

(by Private Notice) asked the Prime Minister whether he can make any statement as to the despatch of a military force from Australia overseas?

The Prime Minister (Mr. Chamberlain)

Yes, Sir. The Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia has announced that a division, which has been raised in Australia, will be sent overseas as soon as a suitable stage of training is reached, probably early in the New Year. The House will, I am confident, agree with me when I say how warmly we welcome this further evidence of Australia's resolution to put forth her full effort in the common cause.

Mr. Thorne

May I ask the Prime Minister whether these soldiers, who may number a thousand or more, when they come from Australia, will be well protected on the way?

The Prime Minister

We can trust the Navy to look after that.