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Full text of "The Struggle For Peace"

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these and other measures within the Defence Departments
themselves for the purpose of ensuring full and adequate
co-operation with industry, we are satisfied that we shall be
able to facilitate production and secure the necessary accelera-
tion of the Defence programme.
" His Majesty's Government do not differ from those who
feel that the increase of armaments alone is no sure guarantee
for peace. They earnestly hope that it may yet be possible to
arrive at a reasonable balance of armaments by agreement
rather than by free and unlimited competition. They have, on
the other hand, felt it right to make their view known that in
the present state of the world, reliance upon the assertion of
loyalty to the principles of the Covenant was not enough, in
the absence of practical strength by which those professions
might be supported. Accordingly, the policy of His Majesty's
Government recognises, and is based upon, the necessity
both of working untiringly to strengthen the cause of peace,
and also of taking all steps requisite to make this country
strong enough to meet whatever call may be made upon it.
In their view the knowledge in all parts of the world that
such steps are being taken with determination and despatch
will be a valuable contribution towards international reassur-
ance.
" I have endeavoured in what I have said to give to this
House and to the world as full an indication as possible of
the attitude of the Government upon the subjects which are
at present occupying the thoughts of all nations. If I have
not said all that hon. Members would like to hear from me,
I would ask them to remember that, whether I would or
no, I am inevitably speaking to a larger audience than is
gathered here in this Chamber, and that whereas our thinking
here is done openly, the thinking of other nations goes on
behind closed doors. I do not expect that the decisions at
which His Majesty's Government have arrived will be accept-
able in all quarters of the House. Yet I have tried to put them
in an unprovocative form, because I cannot think that there
can be any difference of opinion among us as to what I have
described as the fundamental basis of British policy, the
preservation of peace and the association of peace with justice*
We believe that in pursuance of that policy force should Ke