HC Deb 22 April 1937 vol 322 cc1912-3
45. Mr. Arthur Henderson

asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware of the declaration of Herr Hitler that the German Government is willing to participate in a new world conference; and whether he will make a statement on behalf of His Majesty's Government?

The Prime Minister (Mr. Baldwin)

Yes, Sir. His Majesty's Government have seen Herr Hitler's statement. The position of His Majesty's Government on this matter has been made clear from time to time, and I may, perhaps, repeat it. They would, of course, be willing to participate in a world conference provided that thorough and comprehensive investigation showed that such a confer- ence would be likely to succeed and provided that there had been adequate preparation.

Mr. Henderson

Are the Government prepared to take action in order to implement the statement that the Prime Minister has just made by getting into touch with the German Government on this question?

The Prime Minister

I am not prepared at this moment to answer any supplementary question whatever.

Sir P. Harris

Will the Government take the initiative, if they are satisfied—

Mr. Speaker

Sir Cooper Rawson.