HC Deb 09 July 1941 vol 373 c184
Sir W. Davison

With regard to what the right hon. Gentleman the Prime Minister said as to Hitler's practice of seizing jumping-off grounds, will he tell the House what is the position with regard to the appeal made by Mr. de Valera to the President of the United States for the supply of arms to Southern Ireland, and whether negotiations are proceeding in that connection?

The Prime Minister

That is a question which involves the quasi-Dominion status of Eire in its relations with a foreign Government.

Mr. Maxton

Will the right hon. Gentleman explain exactly the meaning of the term "quasi-Dominion status"?

The Prime Minister

It would lead to serious discussion if I expatiated on that subject. I do not understand that Mr. de Valera's Government accepts Dominion status.

Sir A. Knox

Does it not mean that Eire enjoys all the advantages of Dominion status and performs none of the duties?