British Economic Facilities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Yugoslavia. – in the House of Commons on 2nd April 1941.

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Miss Rathbone:

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has noted the speech of Senor Suner when opening the German Press Exhibition in Spain, to the effect that he has been personally responsible for the Press during the last three years and that if anybody wished to see proof of Nationalist Spain's support for Germany they would find it in the pages of the newspapers; and whether, in view of this and of similar expressions of complete sympathy with German aims, he is satisfied that the Spanish Government still merits the substantial economic assistance and facilities granted it by His Majesty's Government?

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

The answer to the first part of the Question is in the affirmative. In answer to the second part, it is not the policy of His Majesty's Government that the Spanish people should suffer from the blockade, provided that Spain does not become a channel of supply for the enemy.

Miss Rathbone:

Do not the remarks of Senor Suner indicate that Germany, and not the Spanish people, is really profiting from the facilities we are giving to Spain?

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

I should have thought that was precluded by the last part of my reply.

Photo of Mr Frederick Cocks Mr Frederick Cocks , Broxtowe

Can the right hon. Gentleman tell us which department of the Foreign Office continues to practise appeasement contrary to the policy of His Majesty's Government?

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

I do not think that kind of generalisation has any value, and certainly it does not bear any relation to the facts of the policy of the Government.