HC Deb 11 July 1949 vol 467 c29
57. Mr. Teeling

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs why the detailed text of the Anglo-Argentine Agreement has been issued to London newspapers before the White Paper has been presented to this House.

Mr. Mayhew

The hon. Member is under a misapprehension. The text of the Anglo-Argentine Agreement was not released in London until the publication of the White Paper presented to the House of Commons on 6th July.

Mr. Teeling

Surely the hon. Gentleman must have read the text which was published in the "Financial Times" and other papers on Monday of last week? The White Paper was not issued until Thursday.

Mr. Mayhew

A statement which summarised the main headings of the Agreement was issued on 27th June, because we learned that the Spanish text had been released immediately after signature. That was merely a summary.