Oral Answers to Questions — European Situation.

– in the House of Commons on 24th April 1939.

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Photo of Mr Daniel Lipson Mr Daniel Lipson , Cheltenham

asked the Prime Minister whether His Majesty's Government have been informed by King Zog of the terms proposed to him by the Italian Government for a revised agreement and the rejection of which led to the Italian invasion of Albania?

Photo of Mr R.A. Butler Mr R.A. Butler , Saffron Walden

I have nothing which I can add to the passage on this point in the Prime Minister's statement of 13th April, from which it will be seen that a representative of King Zog gave to His Majesty's Minister orally certain information about the terms proposed by the Italian Government.

Photo of Captain William Benn Captain William Benn , Manchester, Gorton

May I ask the Prime Minister whether it is true, as stated in the "Times" that the British Government propose to recognise what has happened in Albania?

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

I have not seen any such report.

Photo of Captain William Benn Captain William Benn , Manchester, Gorton

To whom is it intended to accredit the new Ambassador? To the so-called King of Albania?

Photo of Mr Robert Boothby Mr Robert Boothby , Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire Eastern

asked the Prime Minister whether he can give any further information regarding the progress of the negotiations between His Majesty's Government and the Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics?

Photo of Mr William Leach Mr William Leach , Bradford Central

asked the Prime Minister whether he can now say what progress has been made in the effort to bring Russia into defensive co-operation with Great Britain and France, and to remove her fears of being involved in an unsupported conflict on her western front?

Photo of Mr Arthur Henderson Mr Arthur Henderson , Kingswinford

asked the Prime Minister whether he has any statement to make on the recent negotiations with the Turkish Government with a view to securing closer co-operation between the two countries?

Photo of Mr Vernon Bartlett Mr Vernon Bartlett , Bridgwater

asked the Prime Minister whether he is yet in a position to give details about the progress of negotiations with the Turkish Republic concerning the collective defence system?

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

His Majesty's Government are maintaining close touch with other Governments, including those of Turkey and of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, but I am not yet in a position to add anything to previous statements.

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

In view of the fact that six weeks have passed since the occupation of Prague, are not His Majesty's Government vigorously pressing forward the negotiations with Moscow with regard to the conclusion of a pact of mutual aid?

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

I have said that we are maintaining close contact.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

Are we likely to have a report on the negotiations with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics before the German Chancellor makes his reply to President Roosevelt?

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

Is it not extremely desirable that we should make our position-clear by saying what has happened in this negotiation, in order to influence the German Chancellor?

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

I do not think it is desirable to make a premature statement on a negotiation which is still in progress.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

While we have no desire for premature statements, is it not desirable to have some indication of what is happening?

Photo of Mr Ernest Thurtle Mr Ernest Thurtle , Shoreditch

Will the right hon. Gentleman give some assurance that His Majesty's Government are doing everything possible to bring about this arrangement with Russia at the earliest possible moment?

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

I do not know what the hon. Member means by "this arrangement."

Photo of Mr William Leach Mr William Leach , Bradford Central

Would the right hon. Gentleman answer the last part of my question, as to whether steps have been taken to remove the apprehension of the Russian Government of being left in the lurch if plunged into a conflict on the western border?

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

I am not in a position to make any further statement.