HC Deb 03 February 1937 vol 319 cc1575-6
4. Mr. Donner

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the proposed visit, officially announced, of Admiral Foerster, formerly commanderin-chief of the German High Seas Fleet, to the former German colonies in Africa, will be of a quasi-official character; and whether he has any information as to the object of this visit?

Mr. Eden

I have no information regarding this visit.

Mr. Donner

Has my right hon. Friend noticed in the public Press that this visit of Admiral Foerster is to be of a quasi-official character?

Mr. Eden

I have no information about it, but I understand that this admiral is no longer in command of the German Fleet.

9. Mr. Mander

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what action the Government propose to take with reference to the German demand for colonies, as reiterated in Herr Hitler's speech on Saturday; and whether he will make it clear that this matter, whether dealt with by extension of the mandate system or otherwise, can only be considered as part of a general settlement in which Germany would return to the League of Nations and co-operate in the collective system, and that the paramount consideration, in any event, must be the welfare of the natives?

Mr. Eden

I would refer the hon. Member to the answer which I gave him on 18th December last, to which I have nothing to add.

Mr. Mander

Is it not perfectly clear that an overwhelming collective force and a willingness to use it are the only arguments to which Germany is likely to listen?

Colonel Grettton

Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that it is not only the United Kingdom that holds mandates, but that the Dominions also hold mandates?

Mr. Eden


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