HC Deb 19 July 1944 vol 402 cc169-70
7. Mr. Hugh Lawson

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will give an assurance that no final decision as to the armistice terms to be imposed on the Nazi armies or as to the future political or territorial arrangements in Europe will be made without the prior approval of Parliament.

Mr. Eden

I can assure the hon. Member that His Majesty's Government will follow the normal constitutional practice in these matters.

Mr. Lawson

While thanking the right hon. Gentleman for that assurance, may I ask whether it is his intention that this Debate should take place before the Recess?

Mr. Eden

I am afraid the hon. Gentleman is not aware of the normal constitutional practice in these matters. Armistice terms are the responsibility of His Majesty's Ministers.

Mr. Silverman

As it was made clear in yesterday's Debate that the armistice terms will last probably for a considerable time, while more permanent peace terms are being considered, is it not proper that, on this occasion, the House should be informed beforehand and invited to approve whatever conditions are agreed upon?

Mr. Eden

No, Sir, certainly not. That is entirely the responsibility of the Government and the armistice terms, which concern military matters, could not be published in advance to the enemy.

Sir Percy Harris

Was it not made clear yesterday that the House supported unconditional surrender?

Several hon. Members rose


Mr. Speaker

We cannot debate this matter now.