Oral Answers to Questions — Belgian Government.

– in the House of Commons on 24th July 1940.

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Photo of Sir Frank Sanderson Sir Frank Sanderson , Ealing

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs the present composition of the Belgian Government, its status and where it is situated?

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

So far as I am aware the composition of the Belgian Government has not been altered since the invasion of the Low Countries on 10th May. There has been no change in its status since it assumed by a Ministerial Decree dated 28th May the sovereign powers of the King, who was declared under Article 82 of the Belgian Constitution to be a prisoner in the hands of the enemy and as such incapable of reigning. The Ministers are believed to be in unoccupied France with the exception of the Minister of the Colonies and the Minister of Health.

Photo of Mr Frederick Watkins Mr Frederick Watkins , Hackney Central

How many members of that Government are now in this country?

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

There were recently two, and one may still be here.