HC Deb 10 July 1919 vol 117 cc2033-4W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether, on Friday, 4th July, 1919, he met the representatives of the Press and dealt with the Russian situation; and, if so, will he state what precisely was said, in order that Members of the House may in the country be able to justify or condemn the Russian Expedition?


Sir, the facts are as stated. It is by no means unusual for a Minister to make statements to the representatives of the Press in order that they may be as fully informed as is possible. The practice has often been found convenient, and I have every intention of availing myself of it from time to time. With regard to the second part of the question, I am always ready to defend any part of the Government policy which concerns the War Office, if it is raised in the ordinary way upon a suitable occasion.