HC Deb 28 July 1937 vol 326 cc3066-7
2. Mr. Riley

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can make any statement on the position in Upper Silesia as a consequence of the termination of the League of Nations control; and whether any further negotiations between the Governments of Germany and Poland regarding minority rights will be communicated to the League of Nations Council?

Mr. Eden

In consequence of the expiry on 14th July of the German-Polish Convention of 1922 on Upper Silesia, the special procedure for the protection of the rights of minorities laid down in the Convention has lapsed. The minorities in Polish Upper Silesia still, however, benefit by the provisions of the Treaty of 1919 in regard to the protection of minorities in Poland. I have no knowledge of any negotiations between Germany and Poland on the subject of minority rights.

Mr. Riley

Are the Council of the League now going to take steps with regard to the conditions of our previous Treaties with that country?

Mr. Eden

I understand that the position in respect of the greater part of that control is that the League's position lapses as the result of the termination of the agreement.

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