HC Deb 11 November 1941 vol 374 c2039
55. Miss Eleanor Rathbone

asked the Prime Minister whether the agreement between the Emperor of Ethiopia and His Majesty's Government has now been concluded; whether its terms can be made known; and, if not, whether, in view of the fact that it is now six months since the Emperor's return to his country as its lawful sovereign, the agreement will be expedited?

The Prime Minister

The actual terms of the agreement are still under discussion.

Miss Rathbone

Is the Prime Minister aware that this long delay is causing great uneasiness both in Ethiopia itself and among friends of Ethiopia in this country, and can he explain why it is taking so long to arrive at an agreement?

The Prime Minister

This matter has to be carefully considered, and communications with Abyssinia take some time, but I can assure my hon. Friend that no undue or needless delay is taking place.