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Tuesday, 1 October 1935

Mr Ward d asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

Will he make a statement setting out the nature of the duties of the Imperial Defence Committee; also the powers of the committee, and whether its decisions will be binding upon the governments concerned.

Mr Lyons - The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows : -

The duties of the Committee of Imperial Defence, which was established in 1904 by the United Kingdom Government, are to secure as far as possible continuity of policy in matters of defence, and to co-ordinate defence policy and defence questions. As the committee is an advisory and consultative body its powers are limited to inquiry into and recommendations on the issues of defence policy and organization which are brought before it. The decisions on the committee's recommendations rest with the United Kingdom Government except in cases where the advice of the committee is sought by a dominion government. In such instances any decision is a matter for the government con- cerned.

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