14 MARCH 1941, Page 3

The Week in Parliament

Our Parliamentary Correspondent writes: We have now heard three stirring speeches from the three Defence Ministers, Mr. Alexander, Captain Margesson and Sir Archibald Sinclair, who work under the Prime .viinister as Minister of Defence. There was a vigour and resolution running through these speeches, which it was good to hear. Tales of heroism and successful offensive operations can now be told. But in each case the debates and much of the speeches were concerned with other matters, red-tape, Dartmouth scholarships, welfare. allowances, research, agriculture and supply. This was in- evitable, owing to the necessary caution which each Minister was forced to display in dealing with actual operations.