HC Deb 18 June 1941 vol 372 cc645-6
47. Dr. Little

asked the Prime Minister whether, since attention was given to the protest of Mr. de Valera rather than to the wishes of the Ulster Government on conscription for Northern Ireland, he will make representations to Mr. de Valera as a quid pro quo to hand over the Eire ports and air bases to Britain for the duration of the war?

The Prime Minister

I do not wish to make any further statement on this subject at the present time.

Dr. Little

Is the Prime Minister aware that before the ports were handed over to Mr. de Valera, he said in the Dail, a short time before, that it would be impossible for Eire, much as she desired —

Mr. Speaker

The Prime Minister has said that he does not want to say anything more about this.