§ 1. Mr. G. Strauss
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any agreement has yet been reached with the Portuguese Government over the supply of wolfram to Germany.
§ The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Eden)
Our conversations with the Portuguese Government have not yet been concluded and I regret that I am not therefore yet in a position to make a statement.
§ Mr. Strauss
Does there appear to be any prospect that these negotiations will be concluded before the war ends?
§ Mr. Eden
I think my previous answer shows that we have made our position pretty plain, and I do not think the Portuguese Government can have any doubt as to the importance that we attach to the matter. In view of their attitude over the larger question of the Azores, we feel entitled to ask them for full co-operation.