Abyssinia

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

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Photo of Mr Philip Noel-Baker Mr Philip Noel-Baker , Derby

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will give an assurance that His Majesty's Government have no territorial claims to make against Abyssinia?

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

Yes, Sir. As my right hon. Friend informed the House on 4th February, His Majesty's Government have no territorial ambitions in Abyssinia.

Photo of Mr Philip Noel-Baker Mr Philip Noel-Baker , Derby

Can the right hon. Gentleman take this opportunity of denying the persistent rumours that His Majesty's Government have plans under which certain territories are to be partitioned?

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

I cannot say more than my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary said a short time ago. I should have thought that would have been sufficient.

Photo of Captain John McEwen Captain John McEwen , Berwickshire and Haddingtonshire

Have we received any invitation from the Negus to take over the administration of any part of Abyssinia?

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

I think we had better just go on mopping it up first.

Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will give an assurance that any political officers now being appointed to take over centres of administration in Abyssinia are doing so with the consent and approval of the Emperor Haile Selassie?