§ The Minister of Production (Mr. Lyttelton)
Mr. Speaker, may I with your permission make a brief personal explanation? I feel that an explanation is due to the House of some words that I used in addressing the American Chamber of Commerce yesterday. I was trying, in a parenthesis, to make clear the gratitude which this country feels for the help given to us in the war against Germany, before Japan attacked the United States. The words I used, however, when read 201 textually, and apart from the whole tenor of my speech, seemed to mean that the help given us against Germany provoked Japan to attack. This is manifestly untrue. I want to make it quite clear that I do not complain of being misreported, and any misunderstanding is entirely my own fault. I ask the House to believe, however, that the fault was one of expression and not of intention. I hope this apology will undo any harm that the original words may have caused here or in the United States.