HC Deb 06 March 1947 vol 434 c646
48. Mr. Zilliacus

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the impending Moscow Conference, he will reaffirm the declaration of the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to this House, on 21st February, 1946, to the effect that war between this country and the U.S.A. or the U.S.S.R. is equally inconceivable, that no such possibility ever enters the minds of the Government or any other party, and that, in considering all organisations or States, there can be no policy or any thing else which would lead to a conflict with either of these great Allies.

The Prime Minister

Yes, Sir.

Mr. Zilliacus

May I ask my right hon. Friend why, if we do not have to reckon with the possibility of war against either the Soviet Union or the United States, we are still keeping our Forces at three times the level of before the world war, and far beyond our economic capacity?

The Prime Minister

That question could be put to any State which had armed forces.