HC Deb 24 July 1950 vol 478 cc25-6
45. Mr. S. O. Davies

asked the Prime Minister if, in view of Mr. Truman's official declaration on 19th July with regard to the war in Korea, he will reconsider his proposal to adjourn Parliament for two and a half months and agree to its being kept in constant session during the present crisis; and if he will take the people of our country into his confidence by frankly informing them that the Government are aware of no means of protecting them against atom bombs and bacteriological warfare.

The Prime Minister (Mr. Attlee)

No, Sir.

Mr. Davies

Is not my right hon. Friend aware how thoroughly alarmed the people of our country are at the fact that we are becoming more and more deeply involved in the Korean crisis, with the possibility of a world war? Regarding the latter part of my Question, will he tell me whether he himself has any confidence in the so-called Civil Defence Regulations which have been submitted to the people of this country?

The Prime Minister

My hon. Friend seems to be anticipating this afternoon's Debate.

Mr. Martin Lindsay

Is the Prime Minister aware that people are saying that the international situation cannot be so serious as it would seem, otherwise Parliament would not be closing for two and a half months? Does he not think it most unfortunate that we should give that impression?

The Prime Minister

No, Sir. I am sure that people who follow our proceedings intelligently realise that there is power to recall Parliament at any time.