HC Deb 26 February 1941 vol 369 cc511-2
46. Sir W. Davison

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the power of concentrated thought, he will consider the desirability of making a broadcast statement, suggesting to British citizens throughout the world that they should as far as possible unite together every night during the minute set aside for reflection at the striking of nine o'clock by Big Ben, on some such thought as the continual virility of the British Empire, and how essential is its maintenance for the future peace and freedom of the world?

Mr. Attlee

No, Sir. I do not feel able to accept the proposal. Nine p.m. British Summer Time is not 9.0 p.m. throughout our great Empire. I should regard it as inappropriate to broadcast nine strokes of Big Ben at 6.0 a.m. in Australia or in the middle of the night in India and Malaya.

Sir W. Davison

Would it not be possible to choose some particular time when the great majority of British citizens throughout the world could concentrate upon some such stimulating thought as "Britain and her Dominions fight to the end for Freedom and Justice —God give victory soon "?