HC Deb 18 March 1940 vol 358 c1614
2. Mr. Cary

asked the Prime Minister, in view of the fact that Finland is the second country to fall in the war against aggression, whether a comprehensive plan exists between France and Great Britain to render immediate military aid to Turkey should her integrity be threatened, or if it becomes expedient for her to go to the aid of a neighbouring State?

Mr. Butler

As regards the first part of the Question, Great Britain and France are bound, under Article 1 of their Treaty of Mutual Assistance with Turkey, to give Turkey all aid and assistance in their power in the event of her being involved in hostilities with a European Power in consequence of aggression by that Power against Turkey. The form which such assistance would take has been, and is, the subject of consultation between the three Governments. This consultation has naturally taken into account the contingency referred to in the second part of the Question.

Mr. Cary

Are the Turkish Government represented at the military conference now taking place between the general-officer commanding, Middle-Eastern Command, and the Prime Minister of South Africa, General Smuts?

Mr. Butler

I said in my original answer that consultation is taking place and is maintained with the Turkish Government.

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