House of Commons. The Government's proposal for a naval base at Singapore was passed under closure (curtailment of debate) after a keen discussion.
Among the criticisms hurled at the bill were:
" It is contrary to the spirit of the Washington Treaty."
"It would lead to war with Japan or America."
"The situation is unsuitable."
The Government replying categorically denied every point made by the opposition. The First Lord of the Admiralty, Lieutenant Colonel Amery, stressed the fact that the base was not intended as an aggressive measure against either Japan...