HC Deb 22 March 1944 vol 398 cc832-3
10. Mr. Cocks

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether agreement has been reached with the French Committee of National Liberation respecting the administration of French territory as and when liberated.

Mr. Eden

I have no statement to make on this subject at present, but the whole question is now under examination by His Majesty's Government and the United States Government.

Mr. Cocks

Has not the Foreign Secretary seen the statement from Washington that the President has come to a decision on this subject; and is it not time that the British Government came to a decision.

Mr. Eden

I do not think that the underlying assumption of the hon. Gentleman is quite justified. What I said was, that the two Governments are examining the position together, and whatever we say and do, we shall say and do together.

Mr. Astor

Do the Government appreciate the importance of ensuring that no temporary authority should take any action which might prejudge the free expression of French opinion at an election?