HC Deb 12 June 1939 vol 348 cc881-2
14. Mr. Vyvyan Adams

asked the Prime Minister whether he has any further statement to make on our relations with Russia?

15. Mr. Dalton

asked the Prime Minister whether he can now make a further statement regarding the progress of the negotiations between His Majesty's Government and the Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics?

The Prime Minister

I have nothing to add to my statement of 7th June, except to say that Mr. Strang, Head of the Central Department of the Foreign Office, left for Moscow to-day.

Mr. Dalton

Does the Prime Minister not realise that these very long delays in reaching an agreement with the Soviet Government are causing disquiet in the country and causing doubt as to whether His Majesty's Government really mean business in this matter at all? Are they not spinning out time until they can wriggle back again to the Munich policy?

The Prime Minister

The hon. Member is very offensive in his suggestion. I see no reason why the delay should be attributed to His Majesty's Government.

Mr. V. Adams

In order to dispel these disquieting reports, can my right hon. Friend assure us that the completion of the general alliance against aggression is not being subordinated to any other purpose?