HC Deb 08 April 1941 vol 370 cc1410-1
46. Mr. Stokes

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the damage done to our cause by the broadcasts of Sir Robert Vansittart, he will dispense with his ser vices and appoint another diplomatic adviser?

Mr. Attlee

No, Sir.

Sir W. Smithers

Is not this Question an unjust and unfair attack upon a public man?

Mr. Stokes

Arising out of the original reply, are we to understand that the Government approve the expressions contained in those broadcasts?

Mr. Attlee

I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by the Prime Minister to the Noble Lady the Member for the Sutton Division of Plymouth (Viscountess Astor) on 28th January, to which I have nothing to add.

Mr. de Rothschild

Will the right hon. Gentleman assure the House that in the matter of the prosecution of this war against Nazism and Fascism he will on no account take the advice of the hon. Member for Ipswich (Mr. Stokes)?

Mr. Attlee

I am not prepared to pledge myself to not taking advice in all cases; it may be wise advice in some cases.

Commander Fletcher

Has any evidence whatsoever come to the Government bearing out the statement that damage has been done?

Mr. Attlee

No, Sir. I do not accept the allegations.