§ 12. Mr. Boothby
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can give the House any information regarding the progress of the negotiations with the Provisional Government of France for the civil administration of liberated French territory.
17. Miss Ward
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can make a statement on our future relationship with General de Gaulle.
§ 18. Mr. G. Strauss
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can now make a statement concerning Allied relationship with General de Gaulle and the French Committee of National Liberation.
§ Mr. Eden
Discussions have been proceeding here between officials of His Majesty's Government and the French Committee of National Liberation on the administration of civil affairs in liberated areas in France, and on currency and other questions. The results of these discussions are being examined by His Majesty's Government and the French Committee and have been communicated to the United States Government and it is hoped that they will be found to form a basis for common agreement.
§ Mr. Edgar Granville
Is this agreement working well in Cherbourg, because there are disquieting stories, particularly in regard to the taking over of effective control at Cherbourg? Can my right hon. Friend give an assurance on that?
§ Mr. Boothby
I understand that these negotiations have taken place between ourselves and the French without the Americans. Is it necessary for America to be a party to any agreement we come to, or can we come to an agreement ourselves?
§ Mr. Eden
As I have said, we have communicated the results of our work to the United States Government, but I should not like to put it in the way my hon. Friend has done. Our object is to secure agreement between the three Governments in this matter. I very much hope that the hard work which has been put in here will very much facilitate that.
When will my right hon. Friend be in a position to make a further statement on the subject?