HC Deb 04 October 1944 vol 403 cc903-4
2. Mr. Vernon Bartlett

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the British Government has yet decided to recognise the Provisional Government of France.

The Secretary of State for Foreiǵn Affairs (Mr. Eden)

I am unable at present to add anything to what was said on this subject by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister and myself in the course of our statements on 28th and 29th September.

Mr. Bartlett

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind how very greatly it would encourage the French if that recognition could be accorded quickly? Could he say that the British Government are not opposed to recognition in any way?

Mr. Eden

My right hon. Friend dealt with this subject rather fully in the recent Debate and I should be reluctant to compress his statement in any way. He said in the course of it: We are now engaged in discussing these matters both with the French and with other Allied governments, and I am hopeful that, in the near future, a happy settlement will be reached to the satisfaction of all concerned."—[OFFICIAL REPORT, 28th September, 1944; Vol. 403, c. 496.]

Mr. Shinwell

As we have already recognised General de Gaulle, is it not a little invidious that we should not recognise the Provisional Government of which he is the head?

Mr. Cocks

Has the right hon. Gentleman received a definite request from the Foreign Minister of the French Provisional Government for such recognition?

Mr. Eden

I should like notice of that Question.

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