HC Deb 16 March 1920 vol 126 cc2032-3
Mr. ASQUITH (by Private Notice)

asked the Leader of the House if he could give any information as to the progress of events in Germany?


We have received a telegram despatched late yesterday afternoon from our Chargé d'ASaires at Berlin which confirms the news in the Press and which I shall now read to the House.

It is as follows:—"A communiqué from the new Government has just been issued by Wolff Bureau stating that negotiations have been entered upon with the old Government at the wish of the latter. A Cabinet is to be formed upon general basis of appointment of non-political Ministers (Fach-Minister) including those from old Government. Within two months new elections to Reichstag and Prussian Assembly are to take place. At the same time there is to be a new Presidential election by people.

"Until new election is complete present President is to be requested to remain in office. A second working Chamber is to be formed by extension of Industrial Councils and State Economic Council. A joint declaration will be issued by new and old Governments stating that in present circumstances general strike is a crime against German nation. New dual Ministry has been entrusted by all (? groups) with conduct of affairs until a decision is reached on these proposals."


Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether there is any censorship on news from Germany?


We really have very little information. We have nothing in that regard beyond the statement made yesterday, when we were told that there was a press censorship.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

Is there any apprehension as regards the safety of our military mission in Berlin?


I think that is answered by the statement I have read. There can be no such danger.