HC Deb 05 April 1950 vol 473 cc1172-3
16. Mr. William Teeling

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has yet received the draft for a peace treaty with Japan promised by the United States for the beginning of 1950; and what proposals has the United States Government made to His Majesty's Government on this subject since February, 1950.

Mr. Younger

I know of no undertaking by the United States Government to communicate to His Majesty's Government the draft of a treaty of peace with Japan, and no such draft has been received. The answer to the second part of the Question is "None, Sir."

Mr. Teeling

Is it not true that before the Foreign Secretary went to Colombo there was an understanding that something was to come from the United States as to what their plans were for a peace treaty? Are we to be assured that the United States is doing something at present to get on with that?

Mr. Younger

That proposition is rather different from the Question put on the Order Paper. We are in constant discussion on the diplomatic level with the United States about the preparations for a peace treaty with Japan. I was asked whether we had received a draft of the peace treaty, which was a different question.