HL Deb 13 February 1945 vol 134 c986

LORD DERWENT had the following Notice on the Paper: To ask His Majesty's Government whether, in view of the high prestige with which this country will emerge from the war, they will have special regard, in framing their foreign policy during the period of reconstruction, to the general expectation abroad that this country will play a leading part in that reconstruction. The noble Lord said: My Lords, I expect many of your Lordships will not be surprised to hear that, in view of the momentous announcement giving the results of the Crimean Conference, I have decided not to proceed with this question to-day. I have done so not because I think that the announcement invalidates what I had intended to say but because I think this moment is unwise and unsuitable for pursuing the matter. Therefore I propose either to insert what I have to say in any debate that may take place in the near future on foreign affairs or to put down my question again before long.