HC Deb 07 June 1917 vol 94 cc327-8
59. Mr. R. McNEILL

asked the Prime Minister if his attention has been called to a Vote of the French Chamber of Deputies on the 5th June which, by an overwhelming majority, reasserted the war aims of France, which include the restoration of Alsace-Lorraine, reparation for the atrocities committed by Germany on French soil, the crushing of Prussian militarism, and guarantees for the independence of great and small nations; and whether he will propose a resolution which would give the House of Commons an opportunity of expressing its sympathy with and concurrence in the aims of France as formulated by the Chamber of Deputies?


This subject has been so recently discussed in the House that no further opportunity seems necessary at present. The Government, the House, and the country are, as is well known, in thorough and complete accord with the Chamber of Deputies on all points referred to in the question.


Does the right hon. Gentleman not think, having regard to the very peculiar circumstances of the recent vote in France, it would be gratifying to our Allies that there should be an opportunity for this House to show itself entirely in line with them?


I will convey the suggestion to my right hon. Friend the Leader of the House.


Are we to understand from what the right hon. Gentleman has said that the Allies are prepared to go on fighting, regardless of other considerations, until this object is achieved—the restoration of Alsace-Lorraine?


The hon. Gentleman must take the answer given as absolute.