HC Deb 08 June 1944 vol 400 c1522

During Questions

The Prime Minister (Mr. Churchill)

Might I, for the convenience of the House, and with your permission, Mr. Speaker, mention that I do not propose to make any statement about the battle to-day, and shall not do so unless something exceptional turns up? As a matter of fact, I think that all the points which have occurred to me are very fully met in the excellent reports furnished by our able and upright Press. But I would say this, as I am permitted by Mr. Speaker and by the House, that if this is the last time I speak to the House before the week-end I earnestly hope that when Members go to their constituencies they will not only maintain morale, so far as that is necessary, but also give strong warnings against over-optimism, against the idea that these things are going to be settled with a run, and that they will remember that although great dangers lie behind us, enormous exertions lie before us.

Sir Joseph Lamb

Is the Prime, Minister aware of the great sense of satisfaction felt by the whole community at the statement made by His Majesty the King over the wireless the other night, and the service which was broadcast?

Mr. Edgar Granville

Can the right hon. Gentleman give an assurance that the reason why he is not going to make any statement in the immediate future is not that he is going to make a visit to the coast of France?