HC Deb 14 March 1945 vol 409 cc224-5
46. Captain Alan Graham

asked the Prime Minister whether the question of British citizenship for members of the Polish fighting Forces will be on the agenda of the forthcoming meeting of British Empire delegates to the San Francisco Conference or by what other means he proposes to bring it to the official cognisance of the various Dominion Governments.

The Prime Minister

Consultation with the Dominion Governments on this matter is already proceeding through the customary channels.

Captain Graham

Is my right hon. Friend aware that that news will give the greatest possible satisfaction to our gallant Allies as, at the present time, the fulfilment of this suggestion of his constitutes in their eyes their only war aim and their only peace hope?

The Prime Minister

No, Sir, I had in mind—I am glad this point has been raised—in saying this that I know from personal inquiries that there are a certain number of Poles who will be very unhappy and will not adapt themselves to the new conditions which may be established. In that event, this must be regarded as their final security. If everything else fails, here are open the portals of the British Empire.