§ 50. Mr. Vernon Bartlett
asked the Lord Privy Seal whether, in order to remove the effect on the public mind of the depressing slogan, "We must be prepared," he will arrange to substitute for it the slogan," We are prepared," in view of the satisfactory state of our present rearmament?
§ The Lord Privy Seal (Sir John Anderson)
I doubt whether the implication in the first part of the question would be generally accepted. As regards the second part, this is a National Service slogan and, while we are all proud of the response which has already been made to the call to National Service, the time has not yet come when our efforts can be relaxed.
§ Mr. Bartlett
May I ask the right hon. Gentleman to consider whether, in point of fact, the publication of greater details of our defensive arrangements, not necessarily military, would not only have a very valuable effect on various statesmen abroad but would also encourage recruiting in this country?
§ Sir J. Anderson
Yes, Sir, and already statements have been issued from time to time on the lines suggested by the hon. Member.