HC Deb 05 June 1939 vol 348 cc9-10
10. Lieut.-Commander Fletcher

asked the Prime Minister whether he can now make a statement regarding the representation of British interests in Bohemia and Moravia?

18. Sir P. Harris

asked the Prime Minister whether any decision has been arrived at about consular representation in Prague?

Mr. Butler

My Noble Friend is in communication with other interested Governments on this matter, and I have no further statement to make at present.

Lieut.-Commander Fletcher

Can the right hon. Gentleman tell the House who is at the present moment looking after British interests in those countries?

Mr. Butler

The Vice-Consul.

20. Sir P. Harris

asked the Prime Minister whether he can make a statement as to the present position in Danzig?

The Prime Minister (Mr. Chamberlain)

I have no special statement to make on the situation in Danzig.

Sir P. Harris

Will the right hon. Gentleman say whether the matter was discussed by the Foreign Secretary at Geneva when the position of the Commissioner was discussed?

The Prime Minister

Perhaps the hon. Baronet will put that question down.

21. Mr. W. Roberts

asked the Prime Minister what has happened to the British Legation in Albania; whether there is any British representative in that country; and whether he can give an assurance that nothing has been done to recognise its annexation by Italy?

Mr. Butler

His Majesty's Minister is still in Durazzo. On the question of the recognition of the new status of Albania, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. and learned Member for Kingswinford (Mr. A. Henderson) on 26th April, to which I have at present nothing to add.

Mr. Roberts

May I ask in what capacity His Majesty's Minister is there at the present time?

Mr. Butler

As a Minister.

Sir Archibald Sinclair

Is it not time that the Government made up their minds whether they are going to recognise Albania or not? Cannot the right hon. Gentleman give an assurance that they will not?

Mr. Butler

I am not prepared to make a statement on that point. What I said in reply to the hon. Member for Kingswinford was that the matter will fall to be considered when the constitutional position and future relations between Italy and Albania, as well as the international position of Albania particularly in the sphere of foreign relations, become clearly defined, as they are not at present.

Mr. Roberts

If we have a Minister there, surely he must be a Minister to the King of Albania, and that means we have recognised him?

Mr. Butler

No, Sir.

45. Mr. David Adams

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of his public declaration before the Munich conversations that it was of great benefit for the heads of States to confer personally, he has considered, or will consider, the desirability of making an official visit to Moscow?

The Prime Minister

The declaration in question was, of course, subject to considerations affecting the conditions at any particular time. In present circumstances, I do not consider that the suggestion of the hon. Member would serve a useful purpose.

Mr. Adams

As the Prime Minister, during recent negotiations, has stated that there are certain barriers between this country and Russia, does he not feel that a personal visit would remove this undesirable phenomenon?