HC Deb 22 April 1941 vol 371 cc22-3
45. Mr. Hannah

asked the Prime Minister whether time will be found for the consideration of the Motion about the leased naval stations standing in the names of the hon. Members for Bilston, Cheltenham (Mr. Lipson) and the Combined English Universities (Mr. E. Harvey)?

[That this House cordially welcomes the conclusion of the treaty to lease naval stations to the United States of America as a first step in so interlocking the resources of the American Republic and the British Commonwealth as may enable them permanently to work together for the peace, liberty and general welfare of the world.]

The Prime Minister

There will, of course, be the usual Parliamentary opportunities for discussing this matter, but I have not heard of any general demand which would make it necessary to give a special day at the present time.

Mr. Hannah

Is not this Treaty more important to the future of our Empire than any other that we have negotiated for many years, and is it not the only one to be made at the present time between two nations that really trust each other?

The Prime Minister

The question is whether those admirable sentiments require at the present time the emphasis which is laid upon them.