§ The following Question stood upon the Order Paper:
6. Mr. Vyvyan Adams
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, to dispel ill-founded German expectancy, he will state in unmistakable terms that His Majesty's Government cannot contemplate the cession to Nazi Germany of any territory whatsoever under British political control?
§ Lieut.-Colonel Moore
Before this question is asked, may I ask whether it is correct and in order to put adjectives into questions such as "ill-founded"? After all, it is an expression of opinion?
§ Viscount Cranborne
As has been previously stated, His Majesty's Government have not considered and are not considering such a transfer.
May I conclude from that answer that newspaper reports that the matter is open to discussion are ill-founded?
§ 20. Commander Locker-Lampson
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can now announce the result of the negotiations between his representative and Herr Ribbentrop; and whether he will undertake that no return of Colonies or offer of overseas commercial opportunities are made without debate in this House?
§ Viscount Cranborne
As regards the first part of the question, my hon. and gallant Friend is under a misapprehension. The recent conversation between the Lord Privy Seal and the German Ambassador was in no sense a negotiation but merely an exchange of views on a number of topics of interest to the two Governments, such as takes place in the ordinary course of events from time to time. As regards the second part, I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the concluding words of the reply given by the Prime Minister to my hon. Friend the Member for Croydon, South (Mr. H. G. Williams) on 27th April last.
§ Brigadier-General Sir Henry Croft
Is the Noble Lord aware that in the Sunday Press there appeared a statement that Britain is going to cede territory to Germany?
§ Mr. Sandys
Is my Noble Friend aware with what satisfaction the country will learn that, in spite of the many German pronouncements on the colonial question. His Majesty's Government have not yet thought it so much as necessary to consider the matter?
§ Sir H. Croft
Can the Noble Lord give an assurance that steps will be taken to prevent the spreading of reports which do not represent His Majesty's Government's intention or policy?