HC Deb 15 March 1945 vol 409 c386
47. Earl Winterton

asked the Prime Minister if, in view of the economic interrelationship produced by war conditions between the Western liberated countries and this country, he will, with the approval of the Allied Governments concerned, arrange for a deputation of hon. Members, chosen through the usual channels, to visit Northern France, Belgium and the freed portion of Holland in order to see the condition of the people.

The Prime Minister

His Majesty's Government would certainly be willing to give facilities for such a visit, subject to the approval of the Supreme Allied Corn-islander as regards entry into the Army areas.

Mr. Cocks

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the usual channels will not always select the most intelligent Members of the House?

The Prime Minister

I think that Members who have gone out from this country on different expeditions have represented in a very high degree the intelligence, ability and character of the House, and we have gained a great deal from the knowledge that they have collected.

Mr. Guy

Will the right hon. Gentleman see that the usual channels have a little wider vision and look at the whole of the Benches?

The Prime Minister

If the hon. Member means that a few more should go each time, the matter can be looked into.

Mr. McKinlay

Will the right hon. Gentleman arrange to give single tickets to some Members?