HC Deb 27 May 1941 vol 371 cc1706-7
43. Sir Frank Sanderson

asked the Prime Minister whether, to prevent misunderstandings, steps will be taken to ensure that the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs shall be the sole Minister responsible in this House for all matters relating to foreign affairs in accordance with constitutional practice?

The Prime Minister

It is my intention that my right hon. Friend should continue to discharge the responsibility described.

Sir F. Sanderson

Is my right hon. Friend aware that this important constitutional practice has not been strictly observed in recent months and has caused serious misgivings and misunderstandings in several quarters?

The Prime Minister

If that is so, it has not been intentional, but sometimes in the conversational matter in which we discharge our affairs in this House supplementary questions may have led to an answer trespassing beyond the bounds that would be normal, and no harm has arisen.