§ 12. Mrs. Castle
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how far the Tripartite Declaration of 20th March, 1948, on the future of Trieste, still represents the policy of Her Majesty's Government.
§ Mrs. Castle
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that not the least unfortunate part of this sorry affair is that neither side in this dispute knows whether the action of Her Majesty's Government 2412 represents the first instalment of the operation of the 1948 Declaration or was intended as an alternative to that? Is he aware that this House cannot properly debate this matter on Wednesday unless the right hon. Gentleman is much more frank than he is prepared to be this afternoon, and clears up this very important point?
§ Mr. S. Silverman
Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind, in any further negotiations about this matter, that it might be advisable to get away from the atmosphere of a Declaration of any kind and get back to the Treaty to which we were a party?