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International Situation

Volume 478: debated on Monday 18 September 1950

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47.

asked the Prime Minister whether, in light of the grave international situation, he will consult with the leaders of the Churches as to the calling of a national day of prayer.

I have considered the hon. Member's suggestion, but cannot see my way to adopt it.

Will the Prime Minister bear in mind the importance of keeping before the nation the moral and spiritual implications of the struggle in which the nation is engaged? Is not this one of the most effective ways of doing so?

With the first part of the Question I entirely agree, though I do not agree with the second part. There is a danger in the constant multiplication of these days.

May I ask my right hon. Friend if his attention has been drawn to a statement made by the Foreign Secretary in New York that the international situation today is no graver than it was a few months ago; and does he not agree that it would be unfortunate if any step were taken that would increase the alarm and tension in the world today?

On a point of order. May I suggest that those hon. Members whose Questions are not likely to be reached by 3.30 should immediately go to the Table and get them postponed until tomorrow, when they are sure to be reached?

49.

asked the Lord President of the Council whether, in view of the worsening international situation, it is proposed to abandon, postpone or modify the arrangements for the Festival of Britain, 1951.

The main purpose of the Festival of Britain is to demonstrate to the world Britain's achievements and strength, past and to come—a very proper undertaking at this time; and I am confident that the House will take the view that the country should not be deflected from this just and peaceful purpose because of the threat to peace from others.

As the machine tool industry has been invited to supply only one tool as its contribution, would the right hon. Gentleman consider transferring one from Craven Bros., Manchester?

Would this not be an opportunity to demonstrate to the world that we can be festive in spite of Socialism?