HC Deb 11 December 1946 vol 431 cc1151-2
45. Mr. Swingler

asked the Prime Minister whether he will give an assurance that His Majesty's Government will not enter into any military pact with the U.S. Government or any other Government without the prior approval of Parliament.

The Prime Minister (Mr. Attlee)

The broad principles of His Majesty's Government's foreign policy are subject to constant review by Parliament; but it would be entirely contrary to constitutional practice to require the Government to obtain the prior consent of Parliament before taking any detailed steps to give effect to that policy.

Mr. Osborne

Would the Prime Minister make it clear that we should welcome, in peace, a continuance of the Anglo-American Alliance which we welcomed in war?

The Prime Minister

I have already made it clear to the House that His Majesty's Government welcome an alliance for the preservation of peace with all countries.

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