HC Deb 11 November 1936 vol 317 cc884-5W

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in view of the fact that His Majesty's Ambassador to the Spanish Republic has absented himself from Spanish territory for nearly three months and taken up residence in France, his appointment has been terminated?


I resent, and I am sure that hon. Members will join with me in resenting, the imputation which the hon. Member has seen fit to make against His Majesty's Ambassador. The Prime Minister dealt very fully with this matter in a recent Debate, in the course of which he made it abundantly clear that it was only on the instructions of His Majesty's Government, and in order to conform his movements with those of other members of the Diplomatic Body, that Sir Henry Chilton had not returned to Madrid. I associate myself most fully with what the Prime Minister said on that occasion. I need only add how much I regret that the hon. Member has thought it proper to comment in these terms upon a public servant who is not only unable to defend himself but who throughout a most difficult and trying time has enjoyed the fullest confidence of His Majesty's Government.

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