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Programme

Volume 345: debated on Monday 20 March 1939

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49.

asked the Prime Minister whether he intends to propose a revision of the National Defence programme in view of the acquisition by Germany of the war material and munitions factories in Czecho-Slovakia?

As I stated in my speech at Birmingham on Friday last, every aspect of our national life must now be reviewed from the angle of national safety; this statement, of course, covers the National Defence programmes.

May I ask whether this includes any representations to the Iron and Steel Federation of this country that pig iron and scrap iron should not be sold to Germany as was sold in the last War?

I think that might be called an aspect of our national life and safety.