Oral Answers to Questions — Rumania (Russian Declaration)

– in the House of Commons on 4th April 1944.

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Photo of Mr Edgar Granville Mr Edgar Granville , Eye

asked the Prime Minister whether the political developments as the result of the advance of the Russian armies in the region of the Rumanian and Hungarian frontiers are subjects for discussion by the European Advisory Council or for unilateral action by the Allied Governments in that sphere of influence.

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

I have nothing to add to the replies already given to the hon. Member on list March and 29th March by my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary.

Photo of Mr Edgar Granville Mr Edgar Granville , Eye

Are we to understand from the Prime Minister's answer that he is satisfied that the machinery for consultation which he set up at Teheran is working satisfactorily? In view of the Russian advance, is it not very important at the present time that there should be the fullest Allied consultation on these political questions?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

Actually, the machinery to which the hon. Gentleman refers was set up not at Teheran but at Moscow, at the conference attended by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs. This episode of the declaration by M. Molotov forms a particularly satisfactory example. The Soviet Government were good enough to send us the text beforehand; we expressed our admiration for it, it has been made public and it is, I am sure, likely to be of great help to the common war effort.