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Locarno Powers (British Note)

Volume 320: debated on Monday 22 February 1937

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any reply has been received from the Belgian Government to the British note of 4th November, 1936; and whether he will communicate its contents to the House?

The answer to the first part of the question is, Yes, Sir. This note forms part of a preliminary exchange of views between the five Locarno Powers. It has been decided that these preliminary exchanges of view should be regarded as confidential, and the hon. Member will, I am sure, realise that this decision is in the general interest of the negotiations themselves.

Can nothing be done to prevent an impasse between the German Government and the Italian Government; and will the Minister assure the House that no question of amour propre will prevent the British Government seeking to take further action with a view to bringing these countries into line?

I assure the hon. Member that His Majesty's Government will do everything that is possible and appropriate.

Will His Majesty's Government put a blunt question to these two Governments as to whether or not they intend to reply to the note?

It is for His Majesty's Government to say what is likely to produce the best results.