22 MAY 1941, Page 3

The Week in Parliament

Our Parliamentary Correspondent writes: Every week that passes provides more and more proof that Parliamentary criticism is vital to the successful prosecution of the war. This seems at first sight an odd sentence, but many books have been written about democracy and not a few about Parliament. Criticism of the executive of the day is perhaps the most important and most responsible job of a democratic assembly. Although this function is being performed in a haphazard manner at the present moment, it is true to say that the better the criticism the more successful the Government History may one day decide that the absence of organised, detailed and pointed criticism was a major cause of the present war, especially in the field of foreign affairs.