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European Situation

Volume 345: debated on Friday 31 March 1939

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(by Private Notice) asked the Prime Minister whether he can make any statement on the European situation?

Yes, Sir, but I would prefer to make the statement later in the day, and, if it were convenient to close the business shortly before the House rises, I would reply to the right hon. Gentleman then.

I feel quite sure, in view of the gravity of the situation, that nobody would wish to press the Prime Minister to make a statement until he thinks it is possible; but may I ask him whether, in view of the wild rumours which are floating round, he can say a little more about that, to allay any further rumours; and whether he can give some approximate time when it would be convenient for him to make a statement?

I should anticipate that I would be in a position to make a statement shortly before three o'clock this afternoon. With regard to the rumours to which the right hon. Gentleman has just alluded, I am aware of them, but they are not confirmed by any official information in my possession, and the Government must not be taken to accept them as true.