Concerns in Cabinet

Concerns in Cabinet
Complaint by Cabinet Ministers that they were not sufficiently informed of decisions made by the Suez Committee on military operations (catalogue reference: PREM 11/1152) View in the image library

In August 1956, the Minister of Housing, Duncan Sandys (Churchill’s son-in-law) had complained to the Prime Minister about the lack of full Cabinet involvement on Suez policy.

Here we can see Eden’s draft reply (prepared by Cabinet Secretary Norman Brook) – and the extra sentence in square brackets removed in the final version sent to Sandys on August 22:

‘[I could not widen that circle, even if I wished to, without breach of the security plan which we have agreed with the French government’].

Image: Complaint by Cabinet Ministers that they were not sufficiently informed of decisions made by the Suez Committee on military operations (catalogue reference: PREM 11/1152). View in the image library