HC Deb 25 April 1939 vol 346 cc965-6
63. Mr. Mander

asked the Prime Minister the nature of the communication which has been received by the League of Nations from the Swiss Government, with regard to the evacuation of Swiss territory in time of war, by the League, and what steps are being taken in consequence thereof.

The Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Butler)

I understand that no communication of the kind suggested by the hon. Member has been received by the League of Nations from the Swiss Government.

Mr. Mander

In view of the difficulties that the Government sometimes have in getting information, may I put the question this way—has the right hon. Gentleman made inquiries of the League on the subject?

Mr. Butler

Yes, I have made inquiries and I have given the hon. Member the answer.

65. Sir Smedley Crooke

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of President Roosevelt's letter and the real desire for peace amongst all the peoples of Europe, he will consider the advisability of extending an invitation to Here Hitler and Signor Mussolini to visit London to discuss their various grievances, and so try to remove suspicion from the minds of these European rulers?

Mr. Butler

While His Majesty's Government are in general sympathy with the objects stated in my hon. Friend's question, I do not think that at the present moment they would be achieved by the course which he suggests.

Sir Smedley Crooke

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the Prime Minister's continued efforts in the cause of peace have the solid backing of the people of the country?

Mr. Butler

Yes, that is so.