HC Deb 05 July 1938 vol 338 cc178-9
41. Mr. Mander

asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether the Dominion Governments have been consulted with regard to, and have approved, the decision of the British Government not to defend from aerial attack in Spanish waters and ports, British sailors and ships?

Lord Stanley

His Majesty's Governments in the Dominions were informed at the time of the attitude of His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom, in accordance with the usual procedure applicable in such cases.

Mr. Mander

Is there any reason to suppose that the Dominion Governments are in favour of the British Government's policy of allowing the Union Jack to be trampled upon and shot at?

Lord Stanley

As no expressions of criticism have been received, I imagine that His Majesty's Governments in the Dominions have no comments to make.


Is it not essential for this country to uphold the sovereignty of territorial waters?

Mr. Attlee

(by Private Notice) asked the Prime Minister whether he can now make a full statement on the reply of the Spanish insurgents regarding the bombing of British ships, indicating the results of the consultations which have taken place with Sir Robert Hodgson, the nature of any decisions the Government may have reached, and the reply to be made to the denial that British ships have been deliberately attacked.

The Prime Minister (Mr. Chamberlain)

The consultations to which my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer referred yesterday are not yet completed, and I shall be glad if the right hon. Gentleman will repeat his question on Thursday, when I hope to be able to give a further reply.