11. Miss Ward
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether His Majesty's Government were informed of the terms of the Franco-Soviet Treaty before publication; and whether he was satisfied that the new features in the Treaty in no way conflict with the security organisation agreed at Dumbarton Oaks.
§ Mr. Eden
His Majesty's Government were consulted before negotiations began on the Franco-Soviet pact and they replied that they welcomed the idea of a Franco-Soviet pact similar to the Anglo-Soviet Treaty as an additional link between the Great European Allies. As regards the second part of the question, I would refer my hon. Friend to the preamble to the Franco-Soviet Treaty which expressly records the joint conviction of the two Governments that the maintenance of peace in the future will require the closest collaboration with all the United Nations and their joint determination to collaborate in the creation of an international system of security. It seems clear that there is therefore no question of any conflict between the Franco-Soviet Treaty and the future World Security Organisation, which all parties are agreed in wishing to establish.
May I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether the full text of the Treaty is to be published, without any reservations?
§ Sir Herbert Williams
May I ask whether it is the case that the Dumbarton Oaks arrangement is not binding on anybody, and is it the case that it has not been ratified by the Senate of the United States?