HC Deb 09 September 1942 vol 383 cc123-4
1. Mr. Mander

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will give an assurance that the Government at the final peace settlement, in so far as the future of Austria is concerned, will not be influenced by any changes effected in, and since, 1938.

2. Mr. John Dugdale

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, whether the liberation of Austria from German denomination is one of the war aims of His Majesty's Government.

The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Eden)

The policy of His Majesty's Government towards Austria was stated by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister at the Mansion House on 9th November 1940, when he said that Austria is one of the countries for whom we have drawn the sword and for whom our victory will supply liberation. While His Majesty's Government cannot of course commit themselves at this stage to recognise or support the establishment in the future of any particular frontiers in Central Europe, I must make it plain that His Majesty's Government equally do not regard themselves as being bound by any change effected in Austria in and since 1938.