HC Deb 07 April 1937 vol 322 cc167-8
1. Mr. Mander

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs the present position in Danzig: and whether the High Commissioner has now taken up his permanent residence there and is experiencing any difficulty in carrying out his duties?

The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Eden)

The High Commissioner arrived in Danzig to take up his post on 1st March. I understand that he left again shortly afterwards in order to make official contacts with the Polish Government. He has now returned to Danzig and is in permanent residence. Professor Burckhardt may be relied upon to bring to the Council's attention, in accordance with the terms of the report adopted by the Council on 27th January, any matters on which he considers that they should be immediately informed. But he cannot be expected to make any general report on the situation until he has had time to examine it in all its aspects.

Mr. Mander

Is he not, in fact, being treated with just the same discourtesy and contempt as Mr. Lester was?

Mr. Eden

No, Sir. I rather hoped that the hon. Gentleman would not say that. I have had no report showing that, and I think that the position is better.

Sir Archibald Sinclair

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether there is free access on the part of citizens of Danzig to the High Commissioner?

Mr. Eden

I am afraid I cannot say without notice. If the right hon. Gentleman wishes for a report, I will try to get one, but the new High Commissioner is working under different conditions in some respects from those of his predecessor, and I understand that the position is easier.

Mr. Vyvyan Adams

What prospect is there of fresh elections being held in Danzig at an early date?

Mr. Eden

That is another question, which depends on the Constitution.

Mr. Adams

Did not the High Commissioner accept office on condition that they should be held fairly soon?

Mr. Eden

No, Sir.