§ Mr. Martin
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been drawn to the official pronouncement of the U.S. Secretary of State that the ultimate disposition of the Kurile Islands and part of Sakhalin was agreed at the Yalta Conference by the Chiefs of Staff; that this agreement was unknown to the Secretary of State until after the fall of Japan; and whether the same method and procedure prevailed as far as the British delegation was concerned.
I have seen reports of the pronouncements to which my hon. Friend refers. I am informed, however, that the former Prime Minister reported on these matters to his colleagues in the War Cabinet immediately on his return from Yalta. The answer to the third part of the Question is therefore in the negative.