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Allied Command, Europe (Field-Marshal Montgomery)

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 24 April 1951

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asked the Minister of Defence, having regard to the fact that General Juin, commander of the land forces in the central sector of the Allied command in Europe, is responsible direct to General Eisenhower, what functions Field Marshal Montgomery, the Deputy Supreme Commander, has in relation to the land forces in that sector.

I would refer the right hon. Member to paragraph 17 of the White Paper on the System of Command Established within the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which makes it clear that Field Marshal Montgomery will assume the functions of Supreme Commander in the absence of General Eisenhower and will have a special responsibility for the training and organisation of all Forces allotted to General Eisenhower.