HC Deb 01 December 1938 vol 342 cc626-7W
Lieut.-Commander Fletcher

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the fact that bands of Polish irregulars are being equipped and sent into Carpathian Ruthenia, that frontier guards of that territory have been attacked, and that His Majesty's Government is under moral obligation to treat the guarantee to the frontiers of Czechoslovakia as being now in force, he is making representations in Warsaw to remind the Polish Government of their obligations?

Mr. Butler

I would refer the hon. Member to the Prime Minister's reply to the hon. Member for South-West Bethnal Green (Sir P. Harris) on 28th November, to which I have nothing to add.

Mr. Riley

asked the Prime Minister whether he will issue as a White Paper the provisions covering the right of opting for citizenship in Germany and Czechoslovakia, respectively; and the declaration of the two Governments on the mutual protection of minorities?

Mr. Butler

His Majesty's Government were not a party to either of these agreements between the German and Czech Governments. Under the circumstances I am arranging for copies to be placed in the Library of the House, instead of publishing them in a White Paper.

Mr. Wakefield

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any conditions are attaching to the grant of £10,000,000 made to the Czechoslovakian Government whereby goods must be purchased in this country or whether Czechoslovakia is free to purchase her requirements in Germany?

Sir J. Simon

His Majesty's Government have received an assurance that, in so far as the advance is used to purchase goods abroad, preferential consideration will be given to United Kingdom firms.

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