Suez Canal.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cival Aviation. – in the House of Commons on 6th December 1938.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Fletcher Mr Reginald Fletcher , Nuneaton

asked the Prime Minister what recent communications have taken place with the Italian Government regarding matters concerned with the administration of the Suez Canal; and whether these will be discussed during the forthcoming visit to Rome?

Photo of Mr Neville Chamberlain Mr Neville Chamberlain , Birmingham, Edgbaston

No such communications have taken place. As I have already said, I am not prepared to make any statement regarding the matters which may be discussed during my visit to Rome.

Photo of Mr Reginald Fletcher Mr Reginald Fletcher , Nuneaton

Will the right hon. Gentleman give an undertaking that he will agree to no changes in the administration of the Suez Canal except after consultation with the French Government and after debate in this House?

Photo of Mr Neville Chamberlain Mr Neville Chamberlain , Birmingham, Edgbaston

I do not think I am called upon to give any such undertakings. It would be a natural thing to consult the French Government if any such proposals were made.

Photo of Mr Reginald Fletcher Mr Reginald Fletcher , Nuneaton

After debate in this House?