HC Deb 02 May 1944 vol 399 cc1195-6
49. Mr. Edgar Granville

asked the Prime Minister if it is intended to broadcast the coming talk to both Houses of Parliament by Mr. Mackenzie King; and if it will be relayed when the maximum number of the public are able to listen.

Mr. Attlee

Yes, Sir. The British Broadcasting Corporation will make appropriate arrangements on this important occasion to suit the convenience of the greatest possible number of listeners at home and overseas.

Mr. Granville

In order to make the family circle complete, will the right hon. Gentleman consider inviting the Prime Ministers of Australia and New Zealand to participate in these proceedings, or a similar function, in order that people in this country may hear their voices?

Mr. Attlee

I answered a question to that effect last week.

Mr. Shinwell

Was my right hon. Friend's answer in the affirmative, that facilities would be provided to enable Mr. Fraser to address both Houses of Parliament?

Mr. Attlee

I stated last week that that matter is being considered. We hope that arrangements may be made.

Captain Plugge

Will the right hon. Gentleman make arrangements for the new American broadcast service to carry the programme?

Earl Winterton

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that many of us attach the greatest importance to Mr. Fraser and Mr. Curtin being given an opportunity to address both Houses of Parliament, for reasons which are too delicate to mention?

Mr. Attlee

Certainly, I am quite aware of it. I answered last week that the matter was under consideration and that we hope that an opportunity will be provided.

Mr. Stokes

To avoid misunderstanding in the country, should it not be made plain that this is an address to Members of both Houses and not to both Houses of Parliament?