HC Deb 07 March 1944 vol 397 cc1869-70
46. Mr. Hogg

asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been called to the recent request by R.A.F. stations in the Middle East for a visit by Members of Parliament to the Forces overseas for the purpose of keeping them informed of current political thought; and whether he will take steps to grant this request.

50. Mr. Reakes

asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware of the desire of Service men and women for the visit of Members of Parliament to overseas camps to explain the Government's postwar policy for housing reconstruction and employment; and if he will arrange for a representative panel of Members of Parliament to make such visits.

The Prime Minister

I am informed that no requests have been received from Royal Air Force stations in the Middle East or elsewhere for Members of Parliament to visit the Forces overseas with the object of explaining current political thought and the Government's post-war policy of reconstruction. We do not propose to arrange any visits of this character at the present time.

Mr. Shinwell

How would it be possible for hon. Members to explain the Government's policy when the Government have not explained it themselves?