HC Deb 22 February 1933 vol 274 cc1711-2

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will publish the note sent on behalf of the French and British Governments to the Austrian Government on 11th February on the Hirtenberg arms' smuggling affair?


asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if any answer has been received from the Austrian Government in reply to the Anglo-French note relating to the import of arms; and, if so, will he give the terms of such reply?


I informed the House yesterday in reply to a Private Notice question from the Leader of the Opposition, of the communication which had taken place between the Italian Government and ourselves as to the lines on which this matter could be dealt with, and stated that His Majesty's Government hoped that the question could be considered closed by the general acceptance of this proposal. I am glad to be able to inform the House that, as I understand, the Austrian Government have agreed to this solution, and in these circumstances it will be preferable not to revive controversy by publishing earlier diplomatic correspondence exchanged on the matter.