§ 45. Mr. Stokes
asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that in recent Libya 2143 operations detective inter-Service tactical communications resulted in instances of attacks by our aircraft upon our land forces; and whether he can undertake to investigate the cause of these mistakes?
§ The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Eden)
I have made inquiries, and I am informed that no instances of attacks by our aircraft on our own land forces during recent Libyan operations have been reported to the War Office. If the hon. Member has any information, I will be glad if he will give it to me. On the general question, I would refer the hon. Member to the Answer which my right hon. Friend the Dominions Secretary gave yesterday in reply to Questions on this subject.
§ Mr. Stokes
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that our methods of communication are totally inadequate and that a proper system does not exist, and, if I give instances, will they be properly examined?
§ Mr. Austin Hopkinson
Is there any means by which our Fighting Forces can be protected from the danger which must accrue to them by conveying this sort of information to the enemy?
§ Mr. A. Edwards
May we know whether there are any means whereby members of the Fighting Forces who make complaints can have the assurance that they will be given some attention?
§ Mr. Lipson
In view of the serious nature of the allegations, will it be possible, after investigations have been made, for a statement to be made in this House or elsewhere?
§ Mr. Glenvil Hall
On a point of Order. Questions are frequently answered to the effect that the Minister has no information, 2144 and he puts the onus on the Member to supply it. Surely, if the Minister asks in his Department, he can get it. If it is known to us, it is known to the Department?
§ Mr. Hopkinson
Is there any reason why these questions should not be put privately to the Minister?