FIRST SEA LORD (SPEECH)
§ 107. Sir H. Williams
asked the Minister of Defence whether he was consulted by the First Sea Lord before he made his speech to officers and men of the Royal Navy at Gibraltar, in the course of which he entered into the controversy relating to the North Atlantic Command.
§ Mr. Shinwell
The speech referred to by the hon. Member was the same in substance as the public announcement made by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 26th February. My noble Friend the First Lord of the Admiralty accepts full responsibility for it.