HC Deb 19 December 1944 vol 406 c1616
45. Mr. Tinker

asked the Prime Minister when he is likely to make a statement on the war situation.

The Prime Minister (Mr. Churchill)

I am not expecting to make a statement to Parliament on this subject before we separate for the Christmas holidays.

Mr. Tinker

Could the Prime Minister be a little more definite and say whether he would be ready to make a statement when we reassemble? I want to assure the right hon. Gentleman that there is a feeling that something should be said about it.

The Prime Minister

Well, Sir, a great battle is proceeding now, and I should certainly think that, when we meet again after Christmas, it would be appropriate that we should review the scene, not only in one theatre, but widely.

Mr. W. J. Brown

Are we to understand from that reply, that we break up this week without any further statement on the situation in Greece?

The Prime Minister

The hon. Gentleman is endeavouring to pirate the Question on the Order Paper in the name of the hon. and gallant Member for Ayr Burghs (Sir T. Moore).

Mr. Edgar Granville

Will the right hon. Gentleman take into consideration the fact that, at present, newspapers are printing all their stories from German sources; and will he see that, as soon as the censorship black-out is removed, the British Press may have full information with regard to British prowess on that front?

The Prime Minister

This question of the temporary news black-out on the Western front is one for the Supreme Commander to settle. We, of course, support him.