13 DECEMBER 1940, Page 3

The Week in Parliament

Our Parliamentary correspondent writes: The Debate on the Address concluded with the Division on the I.L.P. amend- ment. Apparently Mr. McGovern and Mr Maxton wanted a statement of peace terms and a conference. The House listened with respect to the minority view; it always does. But Mr. Attlee in the first five minutes of his reply left Mr. Maxton, irresponsible and still full of charm, looking a little foolish as well. The full-blooded, hundred per cent. steel-worker and Member for Lanark, Mr. James Walker, now Chairman of the Labour Party, trounced his Scottish friends, and Mr. Thurtle, of Shoreditch, compared them unfavourably with black-legs, while the Welsh eloquence of Mr. James Griffiths was let loose on them with devastating effect.