HC Deb 22 June 1936 vol 313 cc1402-3
10. Captain McEWEN

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs with regard to the recently published German official collection of diplomatic documents relating to the Treaty of Locarno, whether all the documents included in the recent British Blue Book on the same subject are also included in the German collection; and whether any documents, published or unpublished, not included in the British Blue Book are included in the German collection?


The answer to the first part of the question is "No, Sir," and to the second part, "Yes, Sir." I will with my hon. and gallant Friend's permission, circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT a full statement of the particulars in which the two publications to which he refers differ.

Captain McEWEN

Is my right hon. Friend aware that Herr von Ribbentrop, in a preface to the German collection, referred to the publication of similar collections abroad as being undeniably prejudiced, and is it not to be hoped that my right hon. Friend's answer will remove all grounds for such unwarrantable accusations in future?


I cannot be responsible for expressions of opinion. All my answer will show is which documents were published in which publication.

Following is the statement:

With the exception of the documents in the Blue Book (Cmd. 5143) numbered 5, 12, 18, 21, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30, 52 and 54, none of the documents contained in the Blue Book are included in the German collection of documents to which my hon. and gallant Friend refers.

The Blue Book only purports to cover the period from June, 1934, to 6th March, 1936, whereas the German collection of documents covers a period ranging from 19th January, 1919, to 6th May, 1936. Whereas the Blue Book contains 59 documents, there are in the German publication only 17 documents dealing with the period covered by the Blue Book. The German publication contains no document between July, 1935, and February, 1936.

The documents referring to the period covered by the Blue Book which are included in the German collection and which do not appear in the Blue Book are:

Certain parts also of documents Nos. 31, 34 and 39 in the German collection do not appear in the Blue Book, one of these being the Franco-Russian Military Agreement of 1892 and the other the Franco-Russian Naval Agreement of 1912.

All the documents contained in the German collection have already been published.

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