HC Deb 22 March 1923 vol 161 cc2749-50
56. Mr. MOREL

asked the Prime Minister if his attention has been drawn to the statement made in the Canadian House of Commons by the Prime Minister on 1st February last that the Canadian Government had repeatedly asked His Majesty's Government for permission to lay before the Canadian Parliament the dispatches exchanged between His Majesty's late Government and the Canadian Government in regard to the Turkish crisis of last September, and that His Majesty's Government had repeatedly and emphatically indicated its wish that these dispatches should not be communicated to the Canadian Parliament; if he will state why His Majesty's Government have objected to the publication of these dispatches; and if he will now direct that they shall be laid upon the Table of this House and will waive his objection to their being laid before the Parliament of Canada?


The answer to the first part of the hon. Member's question is in the affirmative, and to the third part in the negative. As to the second and fourth parts, the Prime Minister of Canada made a general statement in the Canadian House of Commons on the 1st February as to the communications which had passed between His Majesty's Government and the Canadian Government, but it has been thought advisable, in the public interest, not to publish the text of these communications, many of which were of a secret or confidential nature.

Lieut.-Colonel A. MURRAY

Will these Papers be published at the same time as the Greek Papers?


Yes; when the Greek Papers are published, these Papers will also be published.


Will the right hon. Gentleman publish the Greek Papers before the Greek kalends?