HC Deb 06 March 1940 vol 358 cc376-7
46. Major-General Sir Alfred Knox

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the fact that the House of Commons has sat on 72 days in the first six months of the present war, whereas 32 days proved sufficient in the first six months of the last war, he will give an assurance that he will not ask it to sit so frequently in future?

The Prime Minister

Yes, Sir. After Easter the Government have every intention of reverting to the earlier practice of meeting three days a week, and I hope that the state of Business will not necessitate additional sittings.

Sir A. Knox

Does the Prime Minister know that a war cannot be won by speeches, even if they are helpful?

Sir William Davison

Does the Prime Minister realise that important information is gained by Germany by a careful analysis, every day, of the pages of the Official Report?

Mr. Sorensen

Is not the Prime Minister aware that some Members would like to close Parliament altogether?