HC Deb 17 May 1944 vol 400 c157
9. Mr. Hugh Lawson

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if the British Government's proposed peace terms to Germany have been communicated to the American Government; and if he will give an assurance that the British Government will not be committed in this matter until the terms have been approved by Parliament.

Mr. Eden

If the hon. Member has in mind the terms on which hostilities are to be brought to an end, the position is that our proposals on this subject have been submitted to the European Advisory Commission, on which, as he is aware, the United States Government are represented. No draft of a treaty of peace has been communicated to the United States Government.

Mr. Lawson

Does the statement of the Foreign Secretary mean that we have now abandoned once and for all the very mistaken formula of "unconditional surrender"?

Mr. Eden

I do not know how the hon. Member gets that idea from my answer.