HC Deb 19 January 1944 vol 396 cc151-2
7. Mr. Price

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has received from the Polish Government a statement relating to the re-establishment of Polish sovereignty in territories of the republic occupied until now by the enemy; and whether he has any statement to make.

13. Mr. Martin

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he has yet been approached by either side on the question of the revision of the Soviet-Polish frontiers after the war; and if he has any statement to make on the matter.

20. Major Lloyd

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, whether arrangements are being made, or are in contemplation, for the participation of the Polish Government in the administration of the liberated territories of Poland; and whether it is further proposed to set up an inter-allied organisation in Poland similar to A.M.G.O.T.

22. Commander Locker-Lampson

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, whether he has any statement to make respecting the recommendation by Russia that Poland should receive East Prussia after the war.

Mr. Eden

I do not think it would be a good thing for us to try to discuss all these extremely difficult and delicate matters at Question Time. Naturally, Mr. Speaker, they are absorbing the constant thought of His Majesty's Government and particularly of the Foreign Office, and we are in the closest touch with both our Allies, the Government of the Soviet Union and the Polish Government in London. Our prevailing desire is to bring about a friendly settlement between the two countries, and this achievement would be of the utmost consequence to the future of Europe. We are not without hope that a favourable solution may be attained. I am sure the House will feel that the utmost reserve should be practised at this particular moment, and I feel confident that in these circumstances I may count upon the assistance of my hon. Friends and of the House.

Mr. Price

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he will continue to impress on both sides to this quarrel the extreme danger that prevails if this quarrel continues between two sister Slav nations?

Mr. Eden

I think that my answer covers that point.