Oral Answers to Questions — German Territory (Russia and France)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th January 1945.

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Photo of Mr John Martin Mr John Martin , Southwark Central 12:00 am, 17th January 1945

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether His Majesty's Government was consulted about the agreement reached between the Soviet and French Governments on the removal from Germany of the Ruhr, the Saar and the Rhine Valley as well as parts of Pomerania and Silesia; and what information he can give the House about this matter.

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

I am not aware that any agreement on this matter has been concluded between the Soviet and French Governments. The French Foreign Minister made it plain in his speech to the Consultative Assembly on December 21st that, while the subject was discussed at the time of General de Gaulle's visit to Moscow, it was one of common interest to all the Allies and could only be settled by common agreement between them.