HC Deb 21 March 1944 vol 398 cc660-1
37. Mr. Granville

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs what advantages of membership of the Commonwealth of British Nations Eire now enjoys; and if she subscribes to the conditions of consultation under the Statute of Westminster.

Mr. Emrys-Evans

As the Prime Minister has said in reply to Questions on 14th March, the position of Eire at the present time is anomalous. Broadly, Eire is treated by us as a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations, but she is, of course, excluded from the benefits of all special war-time arrangements. As regards the second part of the Question, the Statute of Westminster does not prescribe conditions of consultation.

Mr. Granville

May I ask the hon. Gentleman whether we are represented in Dublin by a Minister or a High Commissioner, and by what method the Government maintain contact with public opinion in Eire?

Mr. Emrys-Evans

Sir John Maffey is the United Kingdom representative in Dublin.

Professor Savory

May I ask the hon. Gentleman if he is not well aware that citizens of Eire enjoy far greater privileges as British subjects in this country than the citizens of all the other Dominions, especially with regard to military service and the practice of medicine?