HC Deb 13 February 1947 vol 433 cc98-9W
Sir R. Glyn

asked the Prime Minister whether, in the preliminary consideration of the terms of the Peace Treaties with Germany and Austria, steps were taken, through the Dominions, India and Colonial Offices, to ensure that the views of Dominion and Colonial Governments were taken into full account before His Majesty's Government put forward its views at Allied Foreign Ministers' Conferences, so that the Foreign Office could represent the considered opinion not only of the United Kingdom but of the whole British Commonwealth, and thus avoid separate Dominion policies being sub mated to the U.N.O. Council.

The Prime Minister

His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom are in close and constant touch with His Majesty's Governments in the Dominions and took full account of such views as they had expressed before the recent discussions in the Council of Foreign Ministers. Similarly, it has been the practice in the case of India and will henceforth also be in the case of Burma for His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom to keep the Governments of those countries informed on all matters of foreign policy in which they are likely to be interested. The Colonial Governors concerned have also been kept informed of the general lines of British policy in these and other matters. The United Kingdom cannot, and would not wish to, interfere with the right and responsibility of individual Dominion Governments to present their own views at any time to foreign Governments, to the Council of Foreign Ministers, or to the Council of Deputies.