HC Deb 28 February 1945 vol 408 cc1357-8
10. Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Arthur Heneage

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if, in view of the political difficulties experienced by U.N.R.R.A. and other committees set up in recent enemy-occupied territory, he will consider asking Members of Parliament and others with political experience to visit and advise on their difficulties with the authorities where they are operating.

Mr. Eden

It is not clear what political difficulties and what committees in recently enemy-occupied territory my hon. and gallant Friend has in mind. But I am assured that the authorities of the European Regional Office of U.N.R.R.A. in London would welcome visits from my hon. Friend and other Members of Parliament who are interested in U.N.R.R.A.'s work.

Sir A. Heneage

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind the difficulties experienced after the last war in dealing with political questions, and that the committee then set up did not visualise that political questions would have to be dealt with?

Mr. Eden

I can assure my hon. and gallant Friend that those political diffi- culties are very much in my mind. The difficulty I have is to get them out of my mind.

45. Sir A. Heneage

asked the Prime Minister if, in view of the difficulties experienced by commissions of control set up after the last war in. dealing with political and other questions outside their military knowledge, he will consider making use of Members of Parliament and others with political experience.

The Deputy Prime Minister (Mr. Attlee)

It is very desirable that commissions of control should include persons with political experience, but I believe most hon. Members would find difficulty in combining such employment with their legislative duties.