HC Deb 27 June 1940 vol 362 c595
45. Mr. Thurtle

asked the Prime Minister whether any Minister or Ministers are asked to take note of important suggestions or criticisms made in the course of a Secret Session; and whether he is aware that without some such system of note-taking many helpful suggestions and criticisms are likely to be without effect?

The Lord Privy Seal (Mr. Attlee)

can assure my hon. Friend that any suggestion or criticism of importance which may be made in the course of a Secret Session is noted by the Minister concerned and receives careful consideration.

Mr. Thurtle

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that it may frequently happen that the Minister responsible is not present, and will arrangements be made in such cases whereby some other Minister can take notes?

Mr. Attlee

The Minister always arranges that there is someone who will be listening and who will be able to inform him of what has happened.

Mr. Logan

What happens if he is unable to take a mental note?

Captain Bellenger

In that case, has a note been taken by the Lord President of the Council as to a certain matter raised in regard to the resignation of the late Secretary for War, and will any statement be made on that subject?

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