§ 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?
§ Mr. BONAR LAW
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.
2033 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."
§ Mr. LAMBERT
Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether there is any censorship on news from Germany?
§ Mr. BONAR LAW
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?