HC Deb 24 June 1942 vol 380 cc1970-1
45. Mr. Mander

asked the Prime Minister whether it is proposed to appoint a representative of the Australian Government to be a member of the War Cabinet?

The Deputy Prime Minister (Mr. Attlee)

As has been announced, the Commonwealth Government have appointed Mr. Bruce to be the Accredited Representative of Australia at the War Cabinet. In this capacity, Mr. Bruce attends meetings of the War Cabinet on the same footing as did Dr. Evatt during his stay in this country, and, before him. Sir Earle Page.

Mr. Mander

Is it the case that Mr. Bruce is a member of the War Cabinet, or is it not?

Mr. Attlee

I have explained that he is a member of the War Cabinet, in precisely the same position as that—which has been already explained in the House—of Dr. Evatt and Sir Earle Page.

Mr. Granville

Does that mean that Mr. Bruce attends the regular meetings of the War Cabinet, or that he attends only those meetings at which matters concerning the Australian war effort are discussed?

Mr. Attlee

He attends meetings at which there is a general review of the war. Meetings dealing with purely domestic matters he does not attend.