HC Deb 23 June 1937 vol 325 c1178
25. Mr. A. V. Alexander

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what steps it is proposed to take in order to follow up the proposal of the Prime Minister of Australia regarding the conclusion of a regional understanding and pact of non-aggression by the countries of the Pacific?

Mr. Eden

The proposal in question was approved in principle by the Imperial Conference, which examined the various possibilities in detail and made suggestions for further action. The right hon. Gentleman will naturally appreciate that it will be necessary for this purpose to ascertain the views of other Governments on the subject, and His Majesty's Government will take suitable opportunities for consulting those primarily interested.

Mr. Alexander

Would it not be advisable to take immediate steps to consult with Japan, the United States of America, and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics?

Mr. Eden

I quite agree, but there is certain preliminary work which we must do ourselves.