Oral Answers to Questions — United States Troops, Northern Ireland (Eire Protest)

– in the House of Commons on 11th February 1942.

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Photo of Professor Douglas Savory Professor Douglas Savory , Queen's University of Belfast

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, whether his attention has been called to the protest made by the Minister for Eire at Washington against the landing of American troops in Northern Ireland, on the ground that Mr. de Valera had not been consulted; and will he instruct the British Ambassador to represent to the President of the United States of America the British point of view, seeing that the existing boundary between Northern Ireland and Eire was fixed by the Tripartite Agreement of 3rd December, 1925, and accepted and approved by both Houses of the Parliament sitting in Dublin?

Photo of Mr Anthony Eden Mr Anthony Eden , Warwick and Leamington

According to Press reports the Eire Minister to the United States has communicated to the State Department in Washington the substance of a statement by Mr. de Valera on the subject to which my hon. Friend refers. The United States Government are fully aware of the position as regards Northern Ireland, and after consultation with my noble Friend the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs, I do not think that any special communication on the part of His Majesty's Government to the United States Government is required.

Photo of Professor Douglas Savory Professor Douglas Savory , Queen's University of Belfast

Has the right hon. Gentleman received at the Foreign Office from the High Commissioner for Eire, a copy of the protest which was presented to the United States on 28th January last, according to the "Bulletin of International Affairs" published by the Royal Institute?

Photo of Mr Anthony Eden Mr Anthony Eden , Warwick and Leamington

I have no doubt that protest will have been lodged in the normal way at the Dominions Office. We are, of course, informed. The hon. Gentleman's question was whether I should communicate with the United States Government, and on that I say that the United States Government are well aware of the Irish problem and always have been.

Photo of Professor Douglas Savory Professor Douglas Savory , Queen's University of Belfast

May I hand this paper to the right hon. Gentleman?

Photo of Sir Henry Morris-Jones Sir Henry Morris-Jones , Denbigh

Does Eire come under the jurisdiction of the Dominions Office or the Foreign Office?