HC Deb 09 July 1936 vol 314 cc1394-5
63. Mr. SANDYS

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies, in view of recent German propaganda, whether the declaration made by the Foreign Secretary to the German Chancellor, in Berlin in March, 1935, to the effect that the cession of any British Mandated Territory was not a discussable question, still represents the attitude of His Majesty's Government?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Mr. Ormsby-Gore)

As my hon. Friend is doubtless aware, many statements on the subject of the Mandated Territories administered by His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom have been made since March, 1935, in this House; and, in particular, I would refer to the statement made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in Committee of Supply on 6th April last.


Owing to the uncertainty which still exists in spite of those statements, cannot my right hon. Friend give a direct answer to this question, or, failing that, make a full statement on, the subject in the course of the coming Debate?


I hope that my hon. Friend will do his best to help me to put an end to these uncertainties which, I think by his supplementary question, he is tending to increase rather than decrease.


Does the right hon. Gentleman not think that the easiest way to put an end to the uncertainty would be to give a direct answer to this question?


My right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer in one and a half columns of the OFFICIAL REPORT gave a most direct answer.


Are the German Government in the least interested? Do they not simply take what they want?