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Defence Talks

Volume 463: debated on Monday 11 April 1949

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asked the Prime Minister on what date he expects to have a confidential talk with the Leader of the Opposition on matters of defence.

This is a matter which will be decided by the right hon. Gentleman and myself.

In view of the mischievous and irresponsible statements that have recently been made in the United States by the Leader of the Opposition, statements which are aimed to lead to war, would the Prime Minister—

The hon. Member must not make these imputations and insinuations. He knows it is quite wrong to do so.

Would the Prime Minister therefore reconsider his previous decision to meet the right hon. Member in order that he should not make more mischief?

Is it not the recognised custom for historic talks to be broadcast? Can these not be on the television programme?

The hon. Member for South Ayrshire (Mr. Emrys Hughes) is quite mistaken. If he had had a little more experience he would know that these conversations are never broadcast.

Can my right hon. Friend say whether the hon. Member for Mile End (Mr. Piratin) has been appointed P.P.S. to the Leader of the Opposition?