HC Deb 15 December 1938 vol 342 cc2208-9W
Mr. Parker

asked the Prime Minister what is the present situation in Lithuania; and what steps the Government are taking to safeguard British trading interests with that country, particularly through the port of Memel?

Mr. Butler

As regards the situation in the Memelland, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given by the Prime Minister on Monday to the hon. Member for Derby (Mr. Noel-Baker). As regards the rest of Lithuania, I understand that the Government have taken certain precautionary measures as a result of the popular feeling aroused by the recent developments at Memel.

As regards the last part of the question, I can assure the hon. Member that His Majesty's Government are aware of the dangers to British trade which might arise from developments in the present situation in certain circumstances; and in this connection I would draw his attention to my reply to his previous question on 6th October.