Oral Answers to Questions — Poland (Provisional Government)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st March 1945.

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Photo of Major-General Sir Alfred Knox Major-General Sir Alfred Knox , Wycombe 12:00 am, 21st March 1945

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the negotiations in Moscow with the object of forming a new Government of Poland have made any progress.

Photo of Mr David Gammans Mr David Gammans , Hornsey

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many meetings have been held in Moscow of the Ambassadors of Great Britain, the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R. with a view to the organisation of a Polish Provisional Government of National Unity as agreed at the Yalta Conference; and whether any invitation has yet been sent to the Polish Government in London to send representatives to Moscow for discussion.

Photo of Mr John Martin Mr John Martin , Southwark Central

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can make any statement on the progress of the Allied Commission in Moscow in the formation of a new Polish Government.

Photo of Mr Richard Law Mr Richard Law , Kingston upon Hull South West

His Majesty's Government fully understand the importance which the House attaches to these most important negotiations. The Prime Minister or my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary will make a statement at the earliest opportune moment.

Photo of Major-General Sir Alfred Knox Major-General Sir Alfred Knox , Wycombe

Has no progress been made so far? Have any members of the Polish Government in London been invited yet to go to Moscow?

Photo of Mr Richard Law Mr Richard Law , Kingston upon Hull South West

I ask my hon. and gallant Friend to await the statement that will be made. The Foreign Secretary assured the House that he would report on the matter, and he will keep that assurance.

Captain Duncan:

Have His Majesty's Government taken, or are they taking, the same action as the American Government in reinforcing their Ambassador in Moscow with officials from the Foreign Office?

Photo of Mr Richard Law Mr Richard Law , Kingston upon Hull South West

I cannot answer that question off-hand, but I can assure my hon. and gallant Friend that we are at one with the United States Government in this matter.

Photo of Mr Reginald Purbrick Mr Reginald Purbrick , Liverpool, Walton

When does my right hon. Friend expect a statement to be made?

Photo of Mr Richard Law Mr Richard Law , Kingston upon Hull South West

I cannot tell the hon. Member now. A statement will be made at the soonest opportune moment; we must leave that to the Prime Minister or the Foreign Secretary.

Mr. Manninģham-Buller:

Will the statement be made before the Recess?

Photo of Mr Richard Law Mr Richard Law , Kingston upon Hull South West

I cannot say when the statement will be made, but I can assure my hon. and gallant Friend that either the Foreign Secretary or the Prime Minister will inform the House of developments at the earliest moment that is opportune.