HC Deb 20 June 1938 vol 337 c685
12. Mr. Rhys Davies

asked the Prime Minister whether he will ask His Majesty's Minister at Warsaw for information about the suppression of Ukrainian organisations in Poland, in particular the union of Ukrainian women and various Ukrainian workers' organisations; and as to whether this action is the result of these organisations demanding autonomy in accordance with the decision of the Supreme Council of the Allied and Associated Powers of 11th July, 1919; and whether His Majesty's Government, as one of the guarantors of that decision, will protest against such acts of repression?

Mr. Butler

My Noble Friend is kept regularly informed by His Majesty's Ambassador at Warsaw of the internal situation in Poland. With regard to the second part of the question, I cannot trace any decision of the Supreme Council of 11th July, 1919, on this subject, nor am I aware of any such decision which is guaranteed by His Majesty's Government. The decision of the Ambassadors' Conference of 15th March, 1923, on which, I understand, the recent claim of the Ukrainian National Democrat party to autonomy was based, fixed certain Polish frontiers under Article 87, paragraph 3, of the Treaty of Versailles, and contained a reference to Poland's recognition that the ethnographic conditions in Eastern Galicia required an autonomous régime, but His Majesty's Government gave no guarantee in connection therewith, and the last part of the question does not, therefore, arise.