§ 56. Sir D. Savory
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is now in a position to make a statement on the talks which have taken place in London between representatives of the International Bank and the Foreign Office, with a view to the settlement of the oil question in Persia.
§ Mr. Eden
With regard to the conversations in London with representatives of the International Bank, I would refer my hon. Friend to the statement made by my right hon. Friend the Minister of 1929 State on the 5th March, in reply to the hon. Member or Leicester, North-West (Mr. Janner).
A communiqué has now been issued in Teheran stating that the Bank's negotiator is returning to Washington. The House will understand that I would wish to have an opportunity to study the report of the International Bank's Mission before considering whether a further statement should be made.
§ Mr. Noel-Baker
Could the Foreign Secretary confirm the report that during recent negotiations the Persian Government have really made no serious proposals at all?