HC Deb 17 July 1916 vol 84 cc647-8
10. Mr. DILLON

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will lay immediately any communications which have passed between the British Government and the Government of the United States as to the status of the German submarine " Deutschland "; and whether he will undertake to keep the House of Commons fully informed on the course of negotiations on this matter?


The correspondence on the subject is at present proceeding, and it would not be in the public interest to publish it now. But I will see that the hon. Member's suggestion is carefully considered.


May I ask the Noble Lord whether he can give an undertaking to the House that we shall not be committed to any dispute with the United States in this matter without giving the House the opportunity of considering the whole subject?


I do not think the House would wish me to give any such undertaking as that. I will represent the hon. Gentleman's suggestion to my right hon. Friend.