HC Deb 10 March 1938 vol 332 cc2120-1
Mr. Arthur Henderson

(by Private Notice) asked the Prime Minister whether in view of the intention of the Austrian Government to conduct a plebiscite on Sunday next on the question of the independence of Austria he has any statement to make on the matter, having regard to the provisions of the Treaty of St. Germain and of the Geneva Protocol of 1922.

The Prime Minister

No, Sir. I have no statement to make.

Mr. Henderson

In view of the special position of Austria, will not the Prime Minister, at least, express the hope of His Majesty's Government that this plebiscite will, at any rate, be carried through without any external interference or pressure, so as to permit the Austrian people to exercise their full right of self-determination?

Mr. Thorne

May I ask the Prime Minister whether he does not recognise, in consequence of the cheers which have proceeded from behind him, that those hon. Members are in favour of Germany going into Austria?