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Situation, Kuwait (Military Assessment)

Volume 644: debated on Monday 10 July 1961

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65 and 66.

asked the Minister of Defence (1) whether the statement by Brigadier D. S. T. Horsford, commanding 24th Infantry Brigade in Kuwait, on 5th July, that he believed that an Iraqi attack would take place was made with his authority;(2) whether the statement of Air Marshal Sir Charles Elworthy, Commander-in-Chief, British Forces, Middle East in Kuwait on 6th July, that Iraqi forces were unlikely to make a military move, was made with his authority.

No. I would not expect to be consulted about the day-to-day military assessment of a rapidly changing situation by the commanders on the spot.