HC Deb 13 April 1938 vol 334 cc1099-100
23. Captain Ramsay

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the danger to the peace of Europe that would result from any settlement in Czechoslovakia which did not implement to the full the rights of the German, Slovak, Hungarian and Polish minorities in accordance with the Peace Treaty and the Benes Memorandum of 1919, an assurance can be given to this House that His Majesty's Government will not be a party, directly or indirectly, to any initiative the object of which is to secure their support for a settlement not fully implementing the provisions of those instruments?

Mr. Butler

I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the statement which the Prime Minister made in the House on 24th March to which I have at present nothing to add.

Mr. V. Adams

Is the Minister aware that the treatment of minorities by the Czechoslovak Government has been exemplary, and that the present Czechoslovak Government intends to go to the limit of reasonable concessions in this matter, and that if there is a refusal of those concessions, that refusal can only be dictated by Berlin?

Mr. Gallacher

Is it not a fact that every other country treats its minorities better than does Germany?