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Volume 344: debated on Wednesday 1 March 1939

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asked the Prime Minister whether it is the intention of His Majesty's Government in accrediting an Ambassador to the Government of General Franco to follow the same procedure which was adopted after the Spanish revolution of 1931?

The present position differs from that of 1931 in that there is at present no Ambassador in Spain, and it will, therefore, be necessary to accredit one. Subject to this, the procedure will not differ materially from that which was adopted in 1931.

asked the Prime Minister whether he can make a statement concerning the latest Note received from the Burgos authorities concerning the compensation to be paid for British ships illegally attacked by General Franco's forces?

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply which I gave to the hon. Member for Rotherhithe (Mr. Benjamin Smith) on the 20th February, to which I have at present nothing to add.

asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider the advisability of proposing that the machinery of the League of Nations should be made use of for the humanitarian work of dealing with the problem of refugees from Spain, having in mind the recent successful work of the League's military commission in evacuating the International Brigade?

As most of these refugees are on French territory my Noble Friend considers that any proposal to this effect would be primarily the concern of the French Government.