HC Deb 20 January 1949 vol 460 c60W
Sir E. Graham-Little

asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that the Republic of Ireland Bill, which has now received the signature of the President of Eire, by employing the title "Ireland" instead of "Eire," contravenes the Agreement made in 1938 between the Governments of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on the one side and the Irish Free State on the other that the new official title should be Eire, and as this title conveys the imputation that the Government of Northern Ireland has repudiated its allegiance to the British Crown, whether His Majesty's Government will now make a formal protest against this change of title.

The Prime Minister

No. I could not accept the suggestion that the Republic of Ireland Act contravenes any agreement made with Eire in 1938, nor the interpretation which the hon. Member reads into the title of this Act.